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'The Wire' creator David Simon describes America as a "horror show" in

David Simon, the creator of the critically acclaimed television series The Wire, delivered a powerful criticism of modern America during an appearance at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney.

The talk took place in November but details only recently surfaced after an edited transcript of the speech appeared online.

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Theatre review: These Shining Lives, Park Theatre, London

The new Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, is a spanking new five-star neighbourhood theatre opening with a three-star play about girls in a 1920s Chicago watch-making factory who are gradually alerted (though not by the bosses) to the dangers of radium in the illuminated dials when one of them becomes seriously ill.