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
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 How to turn off/stop 'seen by' on Facebook: Disable it to make your chats seem less passive aggressive
- 4 'We're not heroes, just tourists': Swedish police officers on holiday stop vicious assault on New York subway
- 5 Buckingham Palace guard who attacked passers-by in 'most most violent piece of CCTV footage' police officer had seen walks free
MasterChef, TV review: The final climaxed in a frenzy of herbs and hyperbole
Everyday People project: Photographer Pablo Conejo placed an ad on Gumtree - and kickstarted a series of interesting encounters
Male student sues Columbia University for 'gender-based harassment' after alleged 'Mattress Performance' rape victim Emma Sulkowicz went public with claims
MasterChef 2015: Simon Wood named winner
Black Mass trailer: Johnny Depp might have started making good films again
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments
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