Spoilers: The Life and Death of Jack Straw (Act 2, Scenes 2 to 5)

Episode 109,   Oct 15, 2019, 09:44 AM

A Spoilery introduction to Act 2, scenes 2 to 5 of The Life and Death of Jack Straw.

Spoilers: The Life and Death of Jack Straw (Act 2, Scenes 2 to 5)
Jack Straw is not a long play, but that won't stop us going into ridiculous amounts of detail about it. The rest of Act 2, following the goose scene, is a blur of incident as the rebellion sparks off into violence following a failed parley on the banks of the river Thames.  The scenes are illustrated via a rough cut of our soon to be released full cast audio adaptation - which languishes in the edit as we post this.
The rough cut of Act 2 scenes 2 to 5 to The Life and Death of Jack Straw is performed by Pollie Hall as Jack Straw, Leigh McDonald as Wat Tyler, Hugh Weller-Poley as Tom Miller, Andy Barrett as Hob Carter, Sarah Golding as Nobs, Heydn McCabe as Sir John Newton, Geir Madland as Sir John Morton, Rob Myson as the bargeman, Alan Scott as the men of Southwark and Nemonee Stone as Richard II. With your host Robert Crighton.

BE WARNED - If you just want to listen to the play as a play, don't listen to the spoilers episodes. Come back later, or don't listen. However, if you find early drama hard to follow, then you will get a good grounding in the action here - especially as we may make changes or cuts for our final version! The plain text version is rough in hew, it will change and we produce it in part to hunt out errors. 
You can follow the text online - though some texts are better than others. There are, to our current knowledge, only two modern editions - the print on demand acting edition published by Groundling Press which can be found at their website http://www.groundlingpress.com/, and the almost impossible to get edition edited by Stephen Longstaffe (Mellen Critical Editions, 2002). 
Online versions exist - there is a copy of a fascimile at archive.org, which serves as a foundation https://archive.org/details/cu31924013324540/page/n9
Other online versions can and should be searched for. 
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