May 8th, 2011

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London Road, National Theatre

The National Theatre is on a HUGE roll at the moment!

Just got back from London Road which is playing at the Cottesloe Theatre. The production is a World Premiere.

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Cut and pasted from the National Theatre website:

London Road, book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe, music and lyrics by Adam Cork

In the autumn of 2006 the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling that they frequently encountered. As Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the immediate community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.

Adam Cork uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on playwright Alecky Blythe’s extensive recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create an experimental and challenging work which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.

Raks's Review:

Groundbreaking. Cutting edge. Unique and Unusual. Funny. Brilliant. Outstanding cast, all of whom are excellent. I don't want to say any more or reveal anything more, because this production is best experienced as a surprise, as I did.

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Go and see this now!

The other production on at the Cottesloe at the moment is The Holy Rosenbergs, which I think is absolutely outstanding. I have been massively promoting The Holy Rosenbergs to all and sundry and whoever will listen. I will do a proper feature on it when I see it for the second time in a couple of weeks' time.
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Goodbye Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park closed today - I was at the matinee of the closing night. This is a brilliant production and I will miss it.

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Winner of 4 major awards:

WINNER! Best Play, Olivier Awards
WINNER! Best Play, Evening Standard
WINNER! Best Play, Critics' Circle
WINNER! Theatre Award, South Bank Sky Arts

Cut and pasted from the Clybourne Park website:

Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, the Royal Court’s sell out smash hit comedy transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. Hailed ‘Shockingly Entertaining’ and ‘Appallingly funny’ this devastating satire explores the ever contentious themes of race and property ownership from two time periods – 1959 and 2009 and leaves the audience asking whether the issues festering beneath the floorboards are actually the same despite the 50 year time difference.
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Friendship - Stuart

For a whole range of reasons, I have been thinking a great deal about friendship recently and what it means to be a good friend.

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Friendship quotes:

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
he who finds one finds a treasure.
A faithful friend is beyond price,
no sum can balance his worth.
- Sirach 6:14-15 (The New American Bible)

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
- The Bible, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
- Dinah Craik, in A Life for a Life (1859)

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
- Jesus, in John 15:13

- Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.
- John Selden, in "Friends" in Table Talk (1689)
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The Big Sleep Out - Friday 20 May 2011

Come and sleep with the Big Issue - For one night only!

An evening of entertainment, fun, food and chat before a challenging night sleeping out.

Its going to be a life changing experience for you and the vendors.

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Why get involved? You'll be raising money to support the outreach programmes across the UK. Through the hard work of the outreach teams they are transforming the lives of homeless and vulnerably housed people every day.

This is something that I would normally have done but it is too close to my Walk for Life, which is my priority, and there is only so many times my friends and family can sponsor me. But I thought this was a cause that was well worth giving a plug to, especially given the special place in my heart that Stuart has!

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