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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: The Devils notebook !!
« Last post by Rosebud on November 16, 2021, 08:55:02 PM »
Cool. Thanks for sharing Iain.  I might also get the covid mask as well.
Sarah Kane discussion / Rebecca Watson Little Scratch
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 13, 2021, 07:55:02 PM »
Hamptead Theatre in London present a play based on Rebecca Watson's Little Scratch. "Blisteringly honest and unflinchingly intimate, Rebecca Watson’s debut novel is astonishing – a moment by moment account of a day in the life of a young woman".

On the play "Performed by four actors, each voicing quicksilver slivers of the woman’s consciousness, it has a flavour of Sarah Kane’s later work"  The actors  stand behind microphones on a bare black stage.

The review is by Sam Marlowe in The I-newspaper, 12 Nov 2021
The photo is credited to Robert Day.
Athol Fugard discussion / "I sing for beloved Fountain actor Adolphus Ward"
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 09, 2021, 06:24:20 PM »
Adolphus Ward who played in Fugard's Coming Home and The Train Driver has passed away aged 88.  There is a moving tribute by Stephen Sachs, Artistic Director of the Fountain Theatre "In Fugard’s The Train Driver, he played a gravedigger overseeing a bleak South African burial site for the unknown and unwanted, who “puts the nameless ones in the grave.” I’ll never forget the moment in the play when Adolphus, as the gravedigger, sang a Xhosa lullaby to the souls in the ground who were “sleeping.” The song floated from Adolphus like smoke on the night air. Haunting, beautiful, quietly transcendent".

The link is on Intimate Excellent- the Fountain Theatre blog - click here.

Athol Fugard discussion / Re: Blood Knot in South Africa
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 08, 2021, 06:15:56 PM »
The  production runs to 14 Nov 2021

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Tommy at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 05, 2021, 09:11:48 PM »
Tommy is showing at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on 13, 14 Nov 2021.

More details are here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The Devils notebook !!
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 04, 2021, 06:38:25 PM »
Athol Fugard discussion / The Road to Mecca in Ohio, USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 29, 2021, 11:42:30 PM »
Dayton Theatre Guild in Ohio present The Road to Mecca from 3- 19 Dec 2021.

"Helen Martins is a South African woman living in a Christian community. She realizes she is getting older, and her neighbors expect her to move into a nursing home. Pastor Byleveld comes to her house to collect the papers approving her move, but Helen refuses to sign. Her friend, Elsa comes to visit from Cape Town, hoping to help settle the situation, and Helen’s neighbors are concerned about the odd sculptures Helen is creating in her yard."

More details are here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Dudley on The Devils
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 24, 2021, 12:49:04 AM »
Dudley Sutton who played Baron De Laubardemont with good some short anecdotes on working on The Devils, including Fellini mentioning The Devils when he started working in Fellini's Casanova.

Sutton's other work with Ken includes Valentino and The Rainbow.  Recently he appeared with Steven Berkoff in Tell Tale Heart in 2019.

The link is here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Oliver Reed on The Devils
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 23, 2021, 11:49:30 PM »
Oliver Reed on The Devils, a few minutes from a Parkinson interview.  He says that neither he or Ken were ever paid for the film
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Bernard Haitink, Mahler conducter, dies
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 23, 2021, 09:50:18 PM »
The music on Ken's Mahler was conducted by Bernard Haitink. I saw Haitink conduct many times and he was one of the great conductors.  He was with the Dutch Concertgebouworkest for 65 (!) years, his first concert in 1939 (from NRC.NL 22 Oct 2021).  He was also conductor of the London Philharmonic from 1967- 1979 and the Royal Opera House London from 1987-2002.

He died on 21 Oct 2021 aged 92.  He will be missed and I will be playing all my Haitink CDs to remember him.  The image below is from the credits of Mahler
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