May 30th, 2011

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All Souls

Colossians 3: 12-14

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

- NIV

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

- KJV
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London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre - 30 June to 14 July 2011

Something I don't think that I have talked about before is the Southbank Centre, which I am also a member of. I don't go to many of their concerts but I do enjoy hanging out there and I go to a lot of their literature events and talks. Their big literature showcase is the London Literature Festival which begins next month (June). I have booked all my tickets and am going to a wide range of their events so if you are going to an event I might just see you there!

Cut and pasted from the Southbank Centre website:

"‘The capital’s biggest annual showcase of cool writing from around the world.’ - Time Out.

Have an adventure in great literature or take part in discussions with artists, writers and thinkers.

Our annual summer London Literature Festival (30 June – 14 July) features Alan Hollinghurst, Philip Pullman, Iain Sinclair, Gilbert and George, Liz Lochhead, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Zaha Hadid and many more.

We present the world premiere production of Jeanette Winterson’s classic, Sexing the Cherry, set on the banks of the muddy Thames in 17th-century London. From the past we come to the present with our State of the Nation discussions, and into the future with our Futurology events discussing utopias and dystopias to come.

‘The magnificent London Literature Festival.’ - The Independent."

For full details follow the link:
http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/festivals-series/london-literature-festival
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The Holy Rosenbergs, National Theatre



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I have been meaning to talk about this for some time (I first saw it in late March). It is a new play by Ryan Craig (and therefore a world premiere) that is currently showing in the Cottesloe Theatre at the National.

I have been promoting and championing The Holy Rosenbergs to anyone who will listen for a couple of months now (and handing out flyers and programmes to get people to read about it and to spark their interest!). I have seen it twice and will see it a couple more times before it closes.

What is so good about it?

It makes you think. It is a high-brow serious intellectual piece about family, community, identity, diaspora and the Middle East. After I saw it the first time I told people it was about the Arab-Israeli conflict. I saw it again last Monday and changed my mind. It is predominantly about family (and family ties and relationships), community and identity. It has an outstanding ensemble cast - I knew Henry Goodman would be excellent, but the whole cast are amazing. This to me is what theatre should be about - ie thought provoking and with first class acting. Again, there are no special effects here, everything is down to the quality of the writing and the acting. I love this! Highly highly recommended.

For more details follow the link:
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/62809/productions/the-holy-rosenbergs.html

And here is a review which I thoroughly approve of!:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/review-23932834-the-holy-rosenbergs-is-viscerally-provoking.do

It closes on Friday 24 June so get your tickets in now!