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Saturday 3rd May 2008
R&V | WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT US! | Updated
"I've known from other reviews that I wouldn't like Fram; I know from Evie Rackham's review why. And her use of the various ice metaphors is delightful, providing a bit of deeply desired warmth to one reading about this frigid play." [more]

 

Saturday 3rd May 2008
Thought for the Day | CUTTING ICE | Fram
Tony Harrison has never trodden the conventional path. Harrison's The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus with its dangling phalluses, his superb rendering of The Oresteia and the muscular sonority of his The Mysteries have given me some of the most arresting theatrical moments of my forty years of theatregoing. Now he has done it again in Fram, a piece bound to set certain viewers and critics on edge. Quite a few spectators did not come back after the interval at the preview I saw. Why? Harrison was maybe just beginning to get a little bit too near the knuckle for their liking. Carole Woddis [more]

 

Friday 2nd May 2008
Theatre Review | THE TAMING OF THE SHREW | RSC Courtyard Theatre
Only recently, at a learned Shakespeare conference, an eminent editor of The Taming of the Shrew announced in no uncertain terms that she, for one, would be happy for there never to be another production of this "tasteless and despicable play". The RSC at Stratford, apparently unaware of such scholarly animosity, have embraced this 'troublesome' play, transforming it into an evening of bawdy comedy and raucous good humour. Kevin Quarmby [more]

 

Friday 2nd May 2008
Quote | I'D DO ANYTHING... BUT THIS?
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Friday 2nd May 2008
Theatre Review | FRAM | NT Olivier Theatre
Fram was the ship used by Norwegian explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen to prove his theory about oceanic current around the North Pole. In 1893 Nansen set off in the Fram with Hjalmar Johansen, his alcoholic suicidal curmudgeon of a companion. Evie Rackham [more]

 

Friday 2nd May 2008
Quote | BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH | The Audience
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Friday 2nd May 2008
Interview | JANET McTEER | God of Carnage
To many, myself included, Janet McTeer is one of the greatest and most inspirational actors of her generation. It may be easy to equate her with Vanessa Redgrave simply because of height and a certain self-possession, though McTeer herself would never dream of making any kind of comparison. I would go so far as to say that McTeer combines a versatility and sensibility that Redgrave has never quite managed for me. Sarah Vernon [more]

 

Friday 2nd May 2008
Theatre Review | GONE WITH THE WIND | New London Theatre [closing 14 June 2008]
If I were a theatrical producer and I had to risk my money on an enormous musical production, I am pretty sure I would be looking for a story as gripping and romantic as Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. If you add into the equation the fact that the 1939 classic Hollywood film of this story is so famous as to make publicising the show a breeze, plus that Trevor Nunn and Co are to be part of the production team, well, I would be ready, willing and able to sign a cheque with a few noughts on it as part of my investment. Jack Hughes [more]

 

Thursday 1st May 2008
Feature | UNFINISHED HISTORIES | Drill Hall
Unfinished Histories? More like never-ending histories! Sunday saw a remarkable event. The Drill Hall in Chenies Street, only recently rescued from the infamous Arts Council cull, played host to a gathering of women theatre artists, many of whom would have remembered the Drill Hall only too well as performers. As Jessica Higgs, one of the prime movers of the event, put it: "If only these walls could speak." Carole Woddis [more]

 

Thursday 1st May 2008
Did You Know...? | 'BLAH BLAH BLAH' | Stop the Cull
Did you know that the Prime Minister has now responded on the Downing Street website to the e-petition, which appealed to Gordon Brown "to support the [Arts] industry by joining the growing band of people who have no confidence in The Arts Council"? Sarah Vernon [more]

 

Wednesday 30th April 2008
Theatre Review | LOVE LESSONS: The Diary of Joan Wyndham | Finborough Theatre
Finborough Theatre is a small fringe venue situated above a pub, which on this particular night boasts a bohemian if affluent audience. I'm lucky enough to be seated next to an ex-housemate of Joan's (presumably from her art-school years), who immediately assumes I must be some past relation. A few seats down sits Joan's widowed husband, for whom all this must be rather overwhelming. Harriet Davis [more]

 

Wednesday 30th April 2008
News | WHO'S WHERE AND WHAT'S WHAT
Cumbernauld Theatre in association with The Tron is touring Malcolm Sutherland's adaptation of Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory. [more]

 

Tuesday 29th April 2008
Feature | CARYL JENNER REMEMBERED | Part Four
In the fourth and final article by actors who made their first appearances on stage in the late 1940s and 1950s, actor, director and producer Marigold Charlesworth writes about her experiences with, among others, Caryl Jenner [1917-1973], founder of the Caryl Jenner Mobile Theatre, a company that ultimately became the Unicorn. [more]

 

Monday 28th April 2008
Quote | JOHN BYRNE | Nova Scotia | Edinburgh Traverse
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Monday 28th April 2008
News | KRIS MARSHALL IN 'STABLE CONDITION'
A spokeswoman for Kris Marshall has said that the actor, who was knocked down by a car in Bristol on Saturday night, is in a stable condition at Bristol Royal Infirmary. [more]

 

Monday 28th April 2008
News | DERBY COUNCIL GRANTED INJUNCTION TO PROTECT DERBY HIPPODROME
London's High Court has granted a stay of execution for Derby Hippodrome, which means that the current owner, developer Christopher Anthony, is unable, for the time being, to continue to demolish the Hippodrome. [more]

 

Monday 28th April 2008
News | SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR FARNHAM THEATRE | Latest from FTA
Here's the latest campaign news from the Farnham Theatre Association. Please try to arrange for any final comments to get to Waverley by today, the 28th April. Comments may be sent up to the date of the planning meeting in May but a case officer needs time to construct a paper for councillors. Later comments would be reported orally. [more]

 

Monday 28th April 2008
Quote | MARIA FRIEDMAN | Honesty & Equality
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Monday 28th April 2008
Quote | GENA ROWLANDS
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Sunday 27th April 2008
Event | MEMORIAL CELEBRATION FOR RADIO PRODUCER NIGEL ACHESON | Tuesday 29 April
The Times obituary for Nigel Acheson, whom I knew in the 1980s when I was a member of the BBC English by Radio rep (now BBC English), describes him as 'a talented practitioner of an often underappreciated trade that of the radio producer'. Talented he certainly was, and a delight to know. Sarah Vernon [more]

 


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