The sonnet “Revolting Jack” was inspired by a performance of Rufus Hound as Jack Cade, a historical character represented in Part 2 of Henry VI and in Edward IV of the John Barton and Peter Hall adaptation that is known as the “Wars of the Roses” trilogy. Rufus attended the reception during the recent Shakespeare and Scandinavia conference. John thanks Anni Hendriksen, who took part in the conference, for comments that she made about an earlier version of the poem. He says that he recited this latest effort to Rufus in the bar of the Rose Theatre Kingston after the final show on Saturday and that Mr Hound, who has written poetry, was appreciative. John also reports that he happened to be at the performance of Edward IV on Saturday 24th October and that Alex Waldmann, who played Henry VI and who addressed KiSS on Wednesday 14th October, made a short speech at the end of the play to acknowledge the presence of John Barton.
John G. Murphy lives in the Kingston area and keenly participates in the Shakespeare Seminar events. He sometimes uses the alias “John Gerard” but claims to be an actor and denies involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.
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