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Steven Berkoff discussion / Berkoff on Hamlet in Elsimore TONIGHT
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 05, 2023, 06:54:30 PM »
Tonight on BBC4 Steven Berkoff will talk of his role in Hamlet in Elsinore, followed by the production.

More on Hamlet in Elsinore is here
Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Sarah Kane: Queer desires and feminist continuums
« Last post by Nina Kane on November 03, 2023, 10:44:09 AM »
Thanks Iain. Will keep you updated. Thanks for the fabulous website here as ever, and the work you do in keeping this archive on Sarah Kane's plays. It's an invaluable resource.

Best wishes
Athol Fugard discussion / Master Harold... and the boys in USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 02, 2023, 02:41:13 PM »
The Irish Classical Theatre Company in Buffalo present Master Harold... and the Boys from 16 Nov- 3 Dec 2023.

The director is Aaron Mays and the performers are Sam Fesmire, Roderick Garr and Gerald Ramsey.

"I think playwright Athol Fugard does something quite remarkable with this play. By acknowledging that some of the difficult moments in this piece are reflections on his own actions as a young man growing up in apartheid South Africa, and his willingness to examine his own role in inheriting and upholding the hate and intolerance of that environment, Fugard opens the door of humility and self-reflection. “Master Harold”…and the Boys centers both a tenderness and an ugliness that we may not otherwise choose to dwell on, particularly because of how vulnerable we might feel if we recognize traces of either in ourselves".

For more on the production see the theatre website here
For more on Master Harold click here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Russell tribute on Youtube
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 29, 2023, 10:21:03 PM »
A good visual tribute to the music of Sparks This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Elton John pinball machine signed by Ken Russell
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 14, 2023, 02:05:53 PM »
You can buy an Elton John pinball machine signed by Ken Russell for only ÂŁ19,900 !!!!

"This is a piece of Pinball history. Capt Fantastic pinball was made to clebrate the Tommy film produced by the legendary Ken Russell.  The art depicts the Kngs Theatre PINBALL WIZARD showdown with Elton John playing his custom pinball in big red boots and glasses.  The machine available was used in a Portsmouth Film Festival event where Ken signed his name on the backglass art".

The pinball machine is on sale here.
For more on Tommy click here.

Athol Fugard discussion / The Island in Ohio, USA
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 14, 2023, 12:17:25 AM »
The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona performed by the Ensemble Theatre, Ohio.  Performances are at The Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame College from 27 Oct- 12 Nov 2023.

The director is  Sarah May and the actors are Robert Williams (John) and Nnamdi Okpala (Winston).

"John and Winston are black political prisoners in South Africa, spending their days at hard labor and their evenings rehearsing Sophocles' Antigone. Though the two men are deeply bonded to one another, their friendship is tested when John discovers that his most recent appeal was successful, while Winston is still looking at years of brutal incarceration ahead. A profile on the depth of human resilience in the face of unspeakable injustice and racism"

More information is here
More on The Island is here

Steven Berkoff discussion / Steven Berkoff on BBC Shakespeare Celebration
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 12, 2023, 07:40:20 PM »
The BBC are celebrating 400 years since Shakespeare's Folio edition (the collected works) was published.  There will be events on television, radio and online.  One television programme they will be including is the film of Hamlet at Elsinore, with Christopher Plummer as Hamlet, Robert Shaw as Claudius, Michael Caine as Horatio and Donald Sutherland as Fortinbras. Steven Berkoff is the player king and shows with mime how you turn a small role into something memorable.  More details when available.

For more on Hamlet in Elsinore click here

For more details of the events when available click here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Tommy in Australia
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 11, 2023, 08:17:01 PM »
The British Film Festival 2023 in Australia includes Tommy in its lineup.  The festival is at various venues from 1-29 Nov 2023.

For more info click here

For more on Tommy click here

Athol Fugard discussion / A Place with the Pigs in Ireland
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 10, 2023, 05:35:23 PM »
Blue Raincoat Theatre Company present A Place with the Pigs at The Factory Performance Space, Sligo, Ireland on 21-25  Nov 2023.  The director is Niall Henry and the performers are John Carty and Sandra O Malley.

"Based on a true story, A Place With the Pigs is a poignant and sometimes farcical tale about a Russian soldier who deserted his post during WWII and spent the next 41 years hiding in his pigsty. The plays begins with Pavel Ivanovitch preparing to rejoin the world by throwing himself at the mercy of his countrymen".

There is a post-show talk on 22 Nov 2023.

More details of the performance are here

More on the play is here

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken's radio play The Death of Alexander Scriabin
« Last post by Iain Fisher on October 08, 2023, 04:36:50 PM »
In development, but the first couple of minutes of Ken Russell's radio play Scriabin with Oliver Reed
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