August 21st, 2011

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Paintframe, National Theatre

Last night (Saturday) I went back to the Paintframe at the National Theatre to see Double Feature Part 2. The Paintframe is the NT's new performance space.

I saw Nightwatchman by Prasanna Puwanarajah and There is a War by Tom Basden.

Nightwatchman. About a British Asian woman of Sri Lankan heritage on the eve of her debut at Lords, playing for England against Sri Lanka. It explores the British Asian experience in quite a bit of depth. I loved the fact that Abirami (the only actor in the piece) was independent, strong, gutsy, fiesty and a loud mouth. The play particularly focused on her relationship with her father. But other themes were what it means to be Tamil in England and Sri Lanka, terrorism, identity and family. I liked it.

There is a War. This piece blew me away. For me, the play was about the futility of war, and all the stupidity that goes along with it. It focuses on a woman army doctor, and her struggle to do her job and stand up for what is right, in the midst of a civil war raging all around her. As a pacifist, the piece spoke to my heart. I really loved this play - it is one of the best new plays I have seen in a long long time and I really connected with it.

I am now going to stick my neck out and say that having seen both Double Feature 1 and Double Feature 2, and having been blown away by both, and also by the Paintframe in general, that the Paintframe is one of the most innovative and exciting things going on in London theatre at the moment. Get on down there!

For the full details and to book tickets follow the link:

For an insight into my first reaction to the Paintframe and the first half of the Double Feature follow the link:
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Stand up, Stand up for Jesus by George Duffield Jr

Today, I decided to post a rousing hymn to inspire me! Here it is.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

Words: George Duffield, Jr., 1858.