Cultural life: Diana Quick, Actress
Friday 08 March 2013
It was great to see three brilliant actresses given stonking good roles by Amelia Bullmore in Di and Viv and Rose at the Hampstead Theatre. I loved The Judas Kiss at Duke of York's Theatre – brilliant production, led by Rupert Everett's touching incarnation of Oscar Wilde.
I loved Argo, which had me on the edge of my seat. I see a lot of documentaries now, as director of the annual Aldeburgh DocFest, and have adored Searching for Sugar Man, the true life story of Sixto Rodriguez – briefly a 70s Motown recording artist before he returned to his day job in construction for the next 30 years. Unaware that his records had taken off in Apartheid-era South Africa, he was invited to play to packed stadiums where everybody knew the words to his songs.
Visiting the ancient Buddhist sites of Sri Lanka recently, I read Karen Armstrong's Buddha. My bedtime book is Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman, which I'm enjoying a lot more than 50 Shades of Grey.
I saw the Manet at the Royal Academy, and have revised my opinion upwards of this painter – some great compositions and such an arresting use of black!
Diana Quick appears in 'The American Plan', Theatre Royal, Bath (www.theatre royal.org.uk) to 6 April
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 2 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove