October 26th, 2011

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London Evening Standard Theatre Awards longlist revealed

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The Evening Standard has revealed the longlisted contenders for the 57th Evening Standard Theatre Awards, in association with Vogue.


I am backing:

James Corden
One Man, Two Guvnors (National's Lyttelton)

Benedict Cumberbatch
Frankenstein (National's Olivier)
For me personally, one actor was streets ahead of the other in both roles in this production. That actor was Benedict Cumberbatch - Jonny played the Creature as a child in a man's body (an infant), Benedict played the Creature as an adult who had had his brains blown out and was relearning everything from scratch. I much prefered Benedict's interpretation - it was a much more intelligent reading of the playscript.

Ralph Fiennes
The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket)


I am backing:

Danny Boyle
Frankenstein (National's Olivier)

Sam Mendes
Richard III (Old Vic)

Rufus Norris
London Road (National's Cottesloe)

Bijan Sheibani
The Kitchen (National's Olivier)

Nicholas Hytner
One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre)

BUT the Award SURELY has to go to Nick Hytner for One Man, Two Guvnors - it is genius, it has no flaws, and it is the most fun you can have at the theatre of an evening.

This award can make a writer, and comes with the added incentive of a £3,000 cash prize.

While new writers are recognised with their own category, this award is open to actors, directors, designers or even companies who have produced bold and innovative work or performance in the 12 months since our last awards. No previously longlisted individual is eligible for consideration.

I am backing One Man, Two Guvnors (National's Lyttelton) by Richard Bean.

No contest in this category. The award just HAS to go to London Road, National's Cottesloe!

The shortlist will be published in the week beginning November 7 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Savoy on November 20.

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Stephen Lawrence Trust launch 18:18 charity fund

Cut and pasted from the OBV website:

It has been a long 18 years for the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence in their fight for justice and to find those responsible for his death.

Two men, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 34, are set to stand trial next month for Stephen's murder at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in April 1993.

It has been a tough journey for Stephen's family, who have fought tirelessly over the years to not only bring his killers to justice, but also preserve the memory of their son, who was 18 years old when he died.

The Stephen Lawrence Trust was formed in 1998 with a commitment to help young people from diverse, disadvantaged backgrounds to help them break social and economic barriers to pursue a career in architecture and urban design, Stephen's chosen career path. The Trust has awarded nearly 100 bursaries and seen eight "Stephens" qualify as architects.

And now Doreen Lawrence has launched a new campaign on the 18th anniversary of her son's death, aiming to raise £1m over the next 12 months to help disadvantaged young people to achieve their dreams - the 18:18 Access and Opportunity Fund.

Mrs Lawrence said,

"We know that other professions are under-represented so we just want to see how we can support young people to get into other professions such as law, finance, media, and in order to do that we need to raise as much funds as possible."

Stephen's parents are a shining example of how it is (just about) possible to take a real tragedy in your life and create something positive off the back of it. Frances Lawrence is another example.

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Stop the War

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This is a story I have been wanting to run for some time. Now I am no longer a Civil Servant, I can run it and say exactly how I feel about the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Stop the War. It was my baptism by fire into direct action and protest and campaigning. The War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq is illegal. The only time in my whole life when I have been ashamed to be British was when Britain joined the US in this War (the rest of Europe made the right decision and decided to give it a miss). This War on Terror is killing and maiming British and US troops, and innocent Arab civilians who are just trying to go about their daily lives in these countries. Blair is a liar and a war criminal. One day he will pay for his crimes and the blood on his hands and, in my book, that day cannot come soon enough.

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

The Stop the War Coalition (informally just Stop the War) is a United Kingdom group set up on 21 September 2001 that campaigns against what it believes are unjust wars.

The coalition has opposed the various wars that are claimed to be part of the ongoing "War on Terrorism". It has been the most prominent group in Britain campaigning against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The demonstration against the latter on 15 February 2003, which it organised in association with Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), is claimed to be the largest public demonstration in British history.

Follow the link to join the movement:

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Raks's says: Not in my bloody name!