The Diary: Steve Jobs; Tom Hunter; Michelle Dockery; BBC's Parade's End; David Lynch

 

 

Bad Apple on stage

By a strange quirk of timing, a play about Apple and its late CEO opened in New York this week, less than a fortnight after the death of Steve Jobs. Mike Daisey, a kind of theatrical Michael Moore, has been touring his one-man show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, since July but Tuesday's off-Broadway opening was the most charged of his run so far.

A two-hour monologue, it moves from Daisey's early obsession with Apple gadgets and the genius behind them, to his pilgrimage to the Foxconn factory in China and an emotive catalogue of the unacceptable working conditions he found there. As he tells the audience: "When you sit in front of the laptop, you will see the blood welling up between the keys, because they were made by hands – human hands, hands of children."

The play originally ended with Daisey reading out Jobs' email address, urging audiences to email the CEO and demand reform. Jobs' death has changed this climactic coup de theatre, but not much else. "The central arguments and deep structures of the show are larger than Jobs himself," Daisey told the Seattle Times. "His death will only intensify our need to address his legacy."

Night of the Hunter

Forget the current summer-of-love version on stage at the RSC, A Midsummer Night's Dream is about to be given another, far more gritty, makeover. Tom Hunter, famous for his modern reworkings of the Old Masters, has shot a series of photographs inspired by the woodland comedy and life in the urban jungle for an exhibition at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre next month. "I wanted to tap in to the real people who perform every day in the city," says Hunter, who lives in Hackney. "The pearly kings, the carnival queens, the strippers and the musicians." As such, Titania has become a besequined carnival dancer, Helena is a pole dancer and the Rude Mechanicals are a local thrash-metal band.

The artist's affection for the play dates back to when he arrived in London in the late 1980s and worked as a tree surgeon in Regent's Park. "We'd cut down branches and give them to the Open Air Theatre to use as a backdrop," he tells me. "Every summer they'd do the Dream. It introduced me to Shakespeare."

Hunter is now working on a show for the V&A's Museum of Childhood, to mark the 350th anniversary of the first Punch and Judy show, photographing booths and puppets up and down the country.

Downton singers

She's best known for playing the toffee-nosed English rose Lady Mary Crawley, but away from Downton Abbey Michelle Dockery leads another life as a jazz singer. On 11 November, she will perform in the opening gala of the London Jazz Festival, backed by a full orchestra. Her last, rather more low-key appearance on stage was with Sadie and the Hotheads, a band fronted by Elizabeth McGovern, aka Countess Cora, Dockery's on-screen mother. The band (whose members include the Nelson Brothers and Goldfrapp's Rowan Oliver) released their debut album last year. "I never hear music in which a middle-aged, happily married woman with kids is singing about her life. It was my quest to see if I could make that remotely interesting to anybody," says McGovern. What would the Earl of Grantham say?

Actors on Parade

The BBC is pulling out all of the stops for its next period drama. Parade's End, Ford Madox Ford's quartet of First World War novels has been adapted into five hour-long episodes for BBC2 and HBO by Tom Stoppard. Susanna White (Generation Kill) will direct the drama, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch alongside Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett, Bill Nighy and Felicity Jones. The series is expected to hit screens in Spring 2012. Which gives programmers plenty of time to plot a scheduling war with Downton series three.

The Lynch show

Ever wanted to step inside David Lynch's head? Now's your chance as the director-turned-musician curates a programme at his newly opened club, Silencio, in Paris. To coincide with FIAC, the city's answer to Frieze, Lynch has organised a week of gigs (The Kills and Lykke Li) and screenings (Fellini's 8 , Lolita and Sunset Boulevard), starting tonight. The library has been stocked up with Lynch's favourites – Crime and Punishment, The Metamorphosis and Frank Capra's Name Above The Title – while the bar will serve his choice of wines from Chateau Lynch Bages (no relation).

Arts and Entertainment
music

Arts and Entertainment
Creep show: Tim Cockerill in ‘Spider House’

TVEnough to make ardent arachnophobes think twice

Arts and Entertainment
Steven, Ella Jade and Sarah in the boardroom
tvThe Apprentice contestants take a battering from the business mogul
Arts and Entertainment
TV Presenters Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly. Winners of the 'Entertainment Programme' award for 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'
musicAnt and Dec confirmed as hosts of next year's Brit Awards
Arts and Entertainment
Jewel in the crown: drawings from ‘The Letter for the King’, an adventure about a boy and his mission to save a medieval realm
books
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Juergen Wolf won the Young Masters Art Prize 2014 with his mixed media painting on wood, 'Untitled'
art
Arts and Entertainment
Iron Man and Captain America in a scene from
filmThe upcoming 'Black Panther' film will feature a solo black male lead, while a female superhero will take centre stage in 'Captain Marvel'
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Imperial War Museum, pictured, has campaigned to display copyrighted works during the First World War centenary
art
Arts and Entertainment
American Horror Story veteran Sarah Paulson plays conjoined twins Dot and Bette Tattler
tvReview: Yes, it’s depraved for the most part but strangely enough it has heart to it
Arts and Entertainment
The mind behind Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin
books

Will explain back story to fictional kingdom Westeros

Arts and Entertainment
Dorothy in Return to Oz

film Unintentionally terrifying children's movies to get you howling (in fear, tears or laughter)
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment

film
Arts and Entertainment
Robert James-Collier as under-butler Thomas

TVLady Edith and Thomas show sad signs of the time
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
The Dad's Army cast hit the big screen

film
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
JK Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter story about Dolores Umbridge

books
Arts and Entertainment
On The Apprentice, “serious” left the room many moons ago and yet still we watch

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor finds himself in a forest version of London in Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night'
TVReview: Is the Doctor ever going stop frowning?
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from David Ayer's 'Fury'

film
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift performs at the 2014 iHeart Radio Music Festival
music review
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Anderson plays Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders series two
tvReview: Arthur Shelby Jr seems to be losing his mind as his younger brother lets him run riot in London
Arts and Entertainment
Miranda Hart has called time on her award-winning BBC sitcom, Miranda
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Nicholas Serota has been a feature in the Power 100 top ten since its 2002 launch
art
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

    A Syrian general speaks

    A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
    ‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

    ‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

    Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
    Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
    How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

    Turn your mobile phone into easy money

    There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
    Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

    Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

    "I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
    Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

    11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

    Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
    Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

    Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

    The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
    Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

    The school that means business

    Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
    10 best tablets

    The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

    They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
    Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

    Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

    The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
    Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

    Pete Jenson's a Different League

    Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
    John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

    Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

    The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
    The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

    The killer instinct

    Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
    Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

    Clothing the gap

    A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
    Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain