There was a fantastic documentary (was it the 70s?) which ended with thousands of folk lined up on the coast of North Africa, facing Ceuta and stretching east and west… dressed in all kinds of costumes…
I came across the headline:
Many California residents are trying to conserve water, but it may do little good in the face of population growth.
When I was working in Israel the clever, sensitive actors around me kept asking me: ‘Is Northern Ireland with you, the same as it is with us and the Palestinians?’ Different detail, same problem, I said. ‘But you’re solving it,’ they said, ‘How do we do that?’
My child… will be poor if I can’t afford to give him, or her, a good life.
But why should I expect you – or the state – to bring up my child, when I can’t?
And why should I pay to bring up your child when you can’t?
I’m sure Karl Marx didn’t get all his ideas from Will Shakespeare but he lifted one from King Lear – and distorted it – with catastrophic effect.
You kick and struggle your way out of your mummy’s womb, screaming at the top of your voice to tell the world you’re here… or slide out elegantly if your manners are already properly polished… and then you start making deals.
It took until I was in my thirties for me to discover Robert Graves’ wonderful world of the scheming Roman royal family. I only waited so long because my degree was in classics and I was warned off both the book and the celebrated BBC Television series by my tutors, who worried about its exaggerations […]
Yes. That’s what hit me most, watching Robert’s King Lear. The ex-BP oil man. Yes… yes, he achieved it, he played it, not far from Mornington Crescent, and it was good. Phew!
A while ago I worked a lot in Dublin and the hypocrisy and double standards in which intelligent, lively people wrapped themselves struck me as mind-assaulting in a modern European country. Especially around sex.
Industry newspaper The Stage is running a competition to find an undiscovered talent in theatre criticism. Good! Could it be you? You can apply here. These days it seems anyone with internet access can pass themselves off as a critic, and some of the less scrupulous online websites and magazines take on reviewers who don’t […]