February 8th, 2012

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Travelling Light will get its NT Live tomorrow, Thursday 9 February

Photo credit: http://thelexicinema.co.uk/2012/01/05/nt-live-travelling-light/

Cut and pasted from the National Theatre website:

Travelling Light
A new play by Nicholas Wright, directed by Nick Hytner

In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father’s cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of story-telling. Forty years on, Motl – now a famed American film director – looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams.

Following Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter, Nicholas Wright’s new play is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. The award-winning Antony Sher – whose previous work with the National Theatre includes Primo and Stanley – returns to play Jacob.

Follow the link for full details on the production and to book tickets:

National Theatre Live
Travelling Light will be broadcast to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 9 February 2012 as part of National Theatre Live. Follow the link to find your nearest cinema and to book tickets:

My review of Travelling Light is here:

In summary, I highly highly higly recommend this play, and specifically this production - please do go and see it either live at the theatre or in cinemas tomorrow.
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Afternoon Play: Referee by Nick Perry, starring Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott winning the 2011 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Supporting Actor in Referee.

Referee was broadcast on Radio 4 again yesterday which means that it is now available on the BBC iPlayer to listen to anytime over the next 7 days.

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Referee: Nick Perry's claustrophobic drama set in the world of top-flight sport.

Geoff is a football referee at the top of his profession. But after a controversial game, he's heavily criticised and dropped from the upcoming Cup Final. Geoff's frustration builds and his scruples are soon tested.

Andrew Scott's performance as Walter Koch won the 2011 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Follow the link for the full details and to listen to it on iPlayer:

Raks's Review

I have just listened to it. I don't "do" radio (I have had to create a radio tag specially for this play!), and I don't "do" sport at all, but I still enjoyed the play and could follow the story. The story is not really about sport; it is about temptation, and at what price you compromise on your integrity and sell your soul to the devil. Andrew Scott plays Walter Koch who is, effectively, the devil in this piece.

Recommended. Listen whilst you still have the opportunity!

King James Version (KJV)
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
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Oscar Wilde
Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oscar_Wilde_(1854-1900)_in_New_York,_1882._Picture_by_Napoleon_Sarony_(1821-1896)_3bis.jpg

I can resist anything but temptation.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943

I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
Mae West (1892 - 1980)

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.
Lane Olinghouse

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.
Robert Orben

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.
W. N. Taylor

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877), "Biographical Studies", 1863

Good habits result from resisting temptation.
Ancient Proverb

Source for all quotes:
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More Oscar

While we are talking about Oscar Wilde, have another photo of a statue of him.......this one is in Merion Square, Dublin and the photo was taken by me, (or it could have been my friend Matt), when we were there in November 2009.