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Another performance followed by a Q&A session in the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm on 18 May 2022.  The show is followed by a Q&A session.
More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/berkoff/berkoff-news.html
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Athol Fugard discussion / Re: Blood Knot in South Africa
« Last post by Iain Fisher on May 03, 2022, 09:51:00 PM »
Market Theatre's production of Blood Knot comes to the Baxter in Cape Town.  It runs from 11- 28 May 2022.

More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/fugard/fugard-news.html


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Sarah Kane discussion / Podcast
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 13, 2022, 08:45:17 PM »
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Three Movies from Bona Fide Innovators Turn 50
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 12, 2022, 10:51:50 PM »
From an article by Ed Symkus in The Arts Fuse, 11 Apr 2022

"Three singular voices – Ken Russell, Bob Rafelson, and Brian De Palma – all of whom had their careers in gear before the end of the previous decade, each of whom took interesting turns with the films they released in 1972".

"So, let’s say hello to three bona fide innovators, three singular voices – Ken Russell, Bob Rafelson, and Brian De Palma – all of whom had their careers in gear before the end of the previous decade, each of whom took interesting turns with the films they released in 1972 – Savage Messiah, The King of Marvin Gardens, and Get to Know Your Rabbit – and are now celebrating their 50th anniversaries"

The link is here
https://artsfuse.org/253898/film-commentary-three-movies-from-bona-fide-innovators-turn-50/

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Peter Mitchell and Valentino
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 26, 2022, 07:43:16 PM »
Tony Bryant interviews Peter Mitchell in Sur in English, 25 Mar 2022.

"One of Peter's most memorable periods came while he was performing with the Minstrels in Blackpool, when he was asked to dance in a Ken Russell production called Valentino, a film based on the life of Italian movie star and sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino, which starred Rudolf Nureyev.

"Ken Russell was an amazing film director, of course, and I had an amazing six months filming in Blackpool. It was purely a dance part, no speaking. Watching Nureyev rehearse and perform everyday was just incredible, However, he could be really temperamental, but he was very much a star," Peter explains, with a hint of excitement, as he recalls the period"

The article is here
https://www.surinenglish.com/lifestyle/ardent-dedication-theatrical-20220325105503-ntvo.html
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / William Hurt
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 14, 2022, 12:40:57 AM »
William Hurt has sadly passed away.

After a couple of television roles his career started with Altered States.  Not a bad place to start.


He appeared in major mainstream films such as Spielberg’s AI, but he also often undertook quirky films different from the mainstream, such as Children of a Lesser God (he won the Oscar for this), Kiss of the Spider Woman and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.

My favourite, the little known Accidental Tourist
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Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Crave in Cambridge UK
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 10, 2022, 07:29:14 PM »
from a review by Georgina Hayward, Varsity, 9 Mar 2022

"The cast in general more than live up to the challenges posed by the material. The difficult themes present in the script ask for a lot of sensitivity from the actors, not least from India Lewis, who carries off her emotionally intense role with a maturity that hits hard as we race towards the production’s conclusion".
More is here http://www.iainfisher.com/kane/eng/sarah-kane-news.html
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Sarah Kane discussion / Crave in Cambridge UK
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 04, 2022, 07:07:10 PM »
Sarah Kane's Crave is on at the Corpus Playroom, ADC Theatre, Cambridge on 8- 12 Mar 2022.

'...it’s such a relief to have love again and to lie in bed and be held and touched and kissed and adored and your heart...'

From a desolate and unnamed city, four voices emerge. A, C, B and M desperately seek out love, touch and light, and in the process touch on life’s many ecstasies and heartbreaks.

Sarah Kane’s Crave is a beautiful and unnerving one-act play, meditating on desire, pregnancy, belonging and companionship.

More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/kane/eng/sarah-kane-news.html

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Steven Berkoff discussion / Steven Berkoff in Taunton, UK
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 03, 2022, 09:39:36 PM »
Steven gives a talk on 21 Mar 2022 in Queen's College, Taunton.

"Like all who push artistic boundaries, Steven Berkoff's radical opinions and choices are no stranger to controversy, which makes him all the more fascinating and interesting to listen to. Very few performers are so influential that an entire genre is named after them!

If you are looking for an evening of insight and theatrical flair with a true legend of British theatre, this is definitely one not to miss."

More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/berkoff/berkoff-news.html
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Steven Berkoff discussion / Berkoff on Putin, Ukraine and Brecht
« Last post by Iain Fisher on February 23, 2022, 08:25:59 PM »
Steven on recent events in Ukraine.

As Russian leader Vladimir Putin appears to be playing from the Hitler playbook one cannot be more acutely aware of such ‘gangster’ politics than Bertolt Brecht in his formidable play ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’, 1941, when in the final lines he writes;

“If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse…..
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat you men
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard
The bitch that brought him is in heat again!”

This is the source
https://www.facebook.com/steven.berkoff.7/posts/10158962552032872
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