The Tempest, Northern Stage until October 10 I gulped a bit at the opening visual joke
with a washing machine, fearing this was going to be one of those quirky-squirmy takes on Shakespeare, of which I've fidgeted through a few.
He starts with logical efforts, first calling animal control, pest removal companies, and Fran, his mother's friend, but after several attempts at trying to get the horse into a pre-dug grave (another tip of the hat to inevitability) the horse ends up only floating above the grave, like a "sublime visual joke
Ian Nairn thought the defiant shopfront of Spiegelhalter's in East London a brilliant visual joke
And the girl in Underworld II, 2004, who encounters a ghostly face of what at first appears to be a pool but could equally be a hole in the ground, has a face seemingly modeled on Edvard Munch's The Scream--a reference that most artists could use only as a visual joke
The English misericords, the Malterer embroidery, and the Runkelstein Ywain figure do not offer interpretations of the story as the longer series of murals and manuscript illustrations do: instead they testify to the process of literarization whereby the figure of Ywain became sufficiently well known to be available for uses other than the canonical story, as the focus of a visual joke
in the misericords (Chapter 5), as an example of the Slaves of Women topos in the Malterer embroidery (Chapter 6), and as a generalized example of the literary ideal of knighthood in the Runkelstein triad (Chapter 7).
BANANA BOOTS 1976 CONNOLLY has always loved a visual joke
and this documentary film of his 1975 tour of Ireland featured his handcrafted banana boots.
His camera swoops and glides, and usually ends on a neat visual joke
(random example: when the spies get delinquent Eggsy sprung from jail, time is compressed so that Eggsy walks out of the police station just a beat or so after a chastened cop walks in to arrange his release).
It concludes with a lovely visual joke
to the text 'And Bernard never lost his bottom again' .
It turns out that the surreal seats are a visual joke
Also, having a man pretending to be a woman, or vice versa, is a timeworn visual joke
But if I did tell a quick two-liner it would be a visual joke
with actions or I'd mimic someone.
THIS WEEK CHARLIE FLETCHER As a child I loved Tintin - for its clean graphics, excitement and masterclass in how to tell a visual joke