Cultural Life: Arnold Wesker, Playwright
Saturday 19 May 2012
A Globe Theatre production of Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn at Theatre Royal, Brighton. Theatrical play, strong in debate, rich text, stylishly directed by John Dove before a full, enthusiastic audience containing a lot of school students. Problem was the old one of not hearing everything. Actors seem not to know how to project any more.
Michael Billington's State of the Nation, a scholarly work that slots plays from 1945 to the present day into an historic picture. His perceptive analysis of the plays locks into the political detail of the times. I've learned a lot from it, in particular where and how I fit in as a playwright from 1958 on. Although I think he sometimes tries too hard to make links between the play's substance and the political events of the day, this is required reading for all students of drama both English-speaking and foreign.
Stephen Daldry's beautiful film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He didn't put a foot wrong. Tenderness where there could have been sentimentality; bewildered fury where there could have been heavy-handed accusation; simple honesty where there could have been mawkish forgiveness – all powerfully poetic.
I've been hooked on the Danish series The Killing; Downton Abbey; The Frozen Planet; and Empire.
'Denial' is part of Weskerat 80 at the King's Head Theatre, London N1 (kingsheadtheatre.com) to 10 Jun
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Star Trek 3 to begin shooting in next six months
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Robin Thicke’s hit 'Blurred Lines' lands him in court, and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'