Cultural Life: Paul McGann, actor
Friday 05 August 2011
Theatre: I saw Mike Leigh's 'Ecstasy', which featured some fantastic acting from Siân Brooke and Sinead Matthews. The second half of the play follows a piss-up in a Kilburn bedsit; it's some of the best drunk acting I've ever seen. Whatever Mike Leigh does, it works. When I was in New York I saw Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' on Broadway. Brian Bedford's portrayal of Lady Bracknell was a real crack!
Television: I resent almost all of the time I spend in front of the television, but I find 'The Only Way Is Essex' absolutely riveting. Film I don't get to the cinema as often as I would like to, but there's some great stuff on at my local, The Ritzy in Brixton. I saw the screening of Murnau's 1927 silent movie 'Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans', with live music by Neil Brand on piano. Similarly, I recently saw 'The Passion of Joan of Arc', accompanied by music from Goldfrapp's Will Gregory and Portishead's Adrian Utley. It was just fantastic.
Music: Rediscovering music through my music-loving sons takes me back to certain things. Old Detroit hip-hop is just fantastic; we went to see a J Dilla tribute evening in Kings Cross earlier this year, which was amazing. I was also excited to see the I'll Be Your Mirror festival, curated by Portishead, at Alexandra Palace last month.
Books: I've recently read Paul Broks's 'Into the Silent Land'. It's a challenging but genius account of a clinician and his search for consciousness. I've also recently finished Daniel and Gabriel Cohn-Bendit's 'Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative'. An account of the May 1968 unrest in France, it's an inspiring yet chilling read.
'Butley' is on at the Duchess Theatre, London W1 (0844 412 4659) to 27 August
A The film has amassed an estimated $28.7 million in its opening weekend
A statement was published on his fansite, True To You, following release of new album
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 3 Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police shoot and kill second young black man
- 4 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 5 Reading Festival 2014: Tesco branch replaces salad and potatoes for Jagermesiter and vodka
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Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head