July 16th, 2012

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In Conversation with Christopher Eccleston, National Theatre: Thurs 19 July, 3pm

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There is an "In Conversation with ..." Christopher Eccleston at the National Theatre on Thursday 19 July at 3pm. In conversations are afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering questions.

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Christopher Eccleston is currently playing Creon in Antigone. See:
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Betrayal, starring Andrew Scott, Radio 4

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Thank you to captivebird for reminding me about this!

Cut and pasted from the BBC iPlayer Website:

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss.

Emma - Olivia Colman
Jerry - Andrew Scott
Robert - Charles Edwards
Waiter - Gerard McDermott

Andrew Scott recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

Follow the link to catch it on BBC iPlayer before Saturday 21 July:
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Detroit, National Theatre

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Cut and pasted from the National Theatre website:

by Lisa D’Amour

In a suburb of a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary welcome their new neighbours, Sharon and Kenny, who have moved in to the long-empty house next door. Fuelled by backyard barbecues and booze, their sudden friendship rapidly veers out of control, as inhibitions are obliterated and the fragility of Ben and Mary’s off-the-shelf lifestyle is laid bare.

Lisa D’Amour’s brutal, hilarious play makes its London premiere in a new production by Austin Pendleton, who directed its hugely acclaimed premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.

UK Premiere. Original production by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Follow the link for the full production details:

Stuart McQuarrie as Ben, Clare Dunne as Sharon, Justine Mitchell as Mary, and Will Adamsdale as Kenny
Photo credit: http://www.spoonfed.co.uk/spooners/naimakhan-6622/detroit-at-national-theatre-6841/

Raks's Reaction

I first saw this on Friday 25 May. It closed on Saturday 14 July, when I saw it for the second and final time.

Originally I had only intended to see this once, and had only bought in one ticket for it. However, after seeing it in May, I bought in another ticket in a much better seat because I liked it so much!

It is essentially a tale of a "normal" suburban couple, Ben and Mary, and what happens when a very "different" couple, Sharon and Kenny, move in as their neighbours. Sharon and Kenny are "different" because they are both fresh out of a rehab facility, they are society's outcasts, and one of the more interesting aspects of the production is trying to ascertain exactly how much of Sharon and Kenny's story is "true". The two couples get to know eachother, a lot of harsh reality and truth emerges, and complete and utter chaos ensues.

There is a great piece of theatre right at the end, which I can reveal now that the production has closed, and that is that Ben and Mary's house burns down leaving a blackened smouldering mass! And YES, this being the National Theatre, they actually managed to do this!

Upfront, I wanted to say that all four lead actors in this piece were outstanding; they really brought each of the four characters to life for me; and I believed in them 100%. The writing is genius - clever, sharp, witty, entertaining, and bright as a button!

The play has the most convincing and best drunk scene I have ever seen in it. I just loved it!

One line, which is in the piece, which really spoke to me now, given where I am at in my life right now is:
"When you are at zero, anything can happen".
This is completely true. And yes, I am at zero, anything could happen, and my response is - bring it on!