If you were hoping to escape the bilge thatâ€™s been pumped out by supposedly neutral organs of the state during this general election campaign â€” the BBC, schools, the NHS â€” I donâ€™t recommend going to see a pantomime. Gramsciâ€™s long march through the institutions has finally reached the last redoubt of political incorrectness. Say goodbye to bum-pinching, boob-squeezing and irreverent, smutty gags about holier-than-thou political figures; say hello to anti-austerity scripts, racially sensitive casting and three-hour lectures on climate change.
You think Iâ€™m making it up? Oh no Iâ€™m not! A new version of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole written by former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan is being billed as a â€˜planet-saving pantoâ€™. The heroine is called â€˜Greta Thunbergâ€™ â€” Duncan hasnâ€™t even bothered to change her name â€” and the villain is a giant made out of plastic who works for a gas-guzzling corporation. The Dame (played by Duncan) lives in a carbon-neutral cottage and the beanstalk is composed of recycled materials â€” presumably so when the plucky little climate change activist chops it down in the final scene she canâ€™t be accused of â€˜deforestationâ€™. (To read more, click here.)