What a Rant!

On Saturday 2 July the CCS Aphra Behn play reading group assembled for the third time to tackle one of the works of Canterbury most celebrated daughter. This time it was The Widow Ranter, the first play set in the New World. And what a switchback ride it was! Guffaws at the antics of the Widow – surely one of the finest female characters in English drama – were tempered by Behn’s fascinating treatment of the Native Americans, showing how as early as the 17th century there were serious moral doubts about rapacious colonialism. Part tragedy, part Goon show, part pantomime, and part Hollywood epic, the play was a delight from line one to finish.

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