Podcast 131: Macbeth: Bawdy, plus Tomorrow, Unsex Me


[WARNING: The the first portion of the following podcast contains (a little) adult language, (some) sexual imagery, and (not too much) stuff to make you say, “Man, that’s (not really) a dirty play.” You HAVE been (kinda) warned. SKIP TO THE 10:10 MARK IF (super) EASILY OFFENDED.]


This week’s podcast continues our two month-long discussion of Macbeth with a quick look at bawdy in the play (there’s not much), then a longer look at two major speeches in the play (“Tomorrow” and [not at all ironically] “Unsex me here”).

00:00 – Begin podcast
00:50 – Opening
01:20 – Bawdy
05:30 – “Tomorrow…”
11:55 – A little self-promotion
12:50 – “Unsex me here…”
16:40 – Closing
18:29 – End podcast

09:42 – should be “yesterdays” not “a single yesterday”


Podcast Credits

This podcast was recorded with the built-in microphone on an Acer Chromebook C720, using AudioRecorder from gideon.weissman (webaudiodemos.appspot.com). The interview itself was recorded over a Samsung Galaxy 3 using ACR (Another Call Recorder) software by NLL. It was then edited in Adobe Audition Creative Cloud on a Dell Inspiron 3847 computer.

The bumper music (Loop 90) and the segue music (Morning Show Segue) are courtesy of Royalty Free Music.com, which offers a comprehensive music library of production music for your various royalty free music needs including full albums, tracks and free music clips, loops, and beats available for download.

The royalty-free “porno” music (Sexy) is courtesy of Bensound.


2 Replies to “Podcast 131: Macbeth: Bawdy, plus Tomorrow, Unsex Me”

  1. Thanks for another great podcast!

    Given how “clean” this tragedy is, I find it interesting (and ironic…) how many productions I’ve seen in which the director has chosen to spice up the witches’ and/or Lady Macbeth’s performances with overtly sexual business or behavior. (I personally find those interpretations a little creepy, as they seem to suggest that it’s only some kind of female sexuality that could explain the depravity that occurs in the play.)

    1. Agree 100%.

      I love sexiness as much as the next guy, but sexing up the witches I’ve always found to be more laughable than eerie (which I think is the source of their dramatic power).

      Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, I think can be sexual, especially if it is shared with her husband (I tend to agree that they’re one of the happier couples in Shakespeare [at least for a while!]). But the overtly sexualizing the “unsex me” speech has never seemed to me to be successful.

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