Lavery, Leach and the rest of the team have also thought carefully about how placing deaf and disabled performers into this story might change and enrich the narrative. Lavery notes that “there are so many different versions of Oliver Twist, but this is very particular to who we are in this group of performers”. At the centre of this telling is a deaf Oliver, starved of communication as well as neglected and underfed. … [Read more...] about Oliver Twist for all the senses: Leeds makes Dickens fully accessible
Actors in sixth sense
A whimsical viewer wrote: 'Steve's going to leave the force and set up a biscuit company? My theory is the biscuit company is Arnott's and the biscuit bar is breaking so Steve will have broken up with his girlfriend and be investigating her or someone in his department.' … [Read more...] about ‘Is Dot H?’: Line Of Duty fans go WILD as they notice EastEnders legend Dot Cotton quit soap as police drama begins filming for series six… after namesake bent copper’s demise
Alfred Döblin's famed Weimar Berlin novel centered around small time criminal and laborer Franz Biberkopf has been reimagined for the screen (it was famously adapted into a TV miniseries by Rainer Fassbinder in 1980), but this time the protagonist is a refugee from West Africa. … [Read more...] about German Expressionist cinema revival at the Berlinale
The efforts of a minority group to persuade fellow members to admit women to the Garrick have so far been futile and painful. The issue was first raised seriously in 1991, when the Royalty theatre (now the Peacock) was booked for a members’ debate on the subject. The broadcaster Melvyn Bragg and the writer John Mortimer tried, and failed, to influence fellow members. At the debate, one member recalls: “A barrister speaking against the motion [to admit women] said: ‘Every now and then I ask my wife for leave to have a night out at the Garrick with the chaps. If I were to ask for leave to go to the Garrick with the chaps and chappesses it would not be granted.’ There were huge guffaws of laughter. They thought it was hilarious. The result was 70% in favour of the status quo.” … [Read more...] about Time, gentlemen: when will the last all-male clubs admit women?
Talk of the town: Berlinale day 6 New directors launch 70th Berlinale amid tragedy Succeeding longtime director Dieter Kosslick, the festival management duo Carlo Chatrian (right) and Mariette Rissenbeek (center) together kicked off their first Berlinale as directors. The festive mood on opening night was however overshadowed by the previous day's deadly racist attacks in German town of Hanau. Before the opener's screening, a minute of silence honored the victims. … [Read more...] about New ‘Hillary’ documentary aims to unpack the myth