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El Peter

Member Since 14 Feb 2007
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 11:10 PM
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In Topic: The Silver Tassie- National Theatre

Yesterday, 11:00 AM

You should always wear clothes to the theatre, Alf.

In Topic: London Live To Screen Plays

Yesterday, 10:57 AM

This channel needs to raise awareness of what it is showing. Nor can the grinning idiots presenting it whenever I have turned it on early evening, be attracting that many viewers. Every other sentence they use is shot through with insincere affirmation about the wonderfulness or amazingness of whatever or whoever they are interviewing or discussing. It is unwatchable because so difficult to listen to.

If the channel is going to broadcast plays, then good. However, I hope someone employed there remembers to draw a potential audience's attention to them.

In Topic: The Silver Tassie- National Theatre

Yesterday, 10:40 AM

Some of those involved explain their part in the play:

http://www.bbc.co.uk...t-arts-27102654

In Topic: The Silver Tassie- National Theatre

18 April 2014 - 12:08 AM

I admit I was helped by the purchase of a theatre programme and being given an idea beforehand of the play's form and content, and what the controversy had been about at the time. I realised too just how much a writer like O'Casey must have been influenced by European developments in theatre by the late 1920s. The O'Casey not bothered about anyone else's cosy notions of what a play should look and sound like, or of the kind of people it is about, or of what it is saying, particularly in this kind of play is part of his enduring charm.

A Taste of Honey shows what Shelagh Delaney and Theatre Workshop did a couple of years before the arrival in 1960 of the clearly influenced Coronation Street on ITV. This here play did in 1928/29 what Oh What a Lovely War would do once and with the same bloody conflict, in the early 1960s. A lot will find itself on screen and stage this year because of the centenary of the war's outbreak, among them new works from our contemporaries, but here in these older classics can be sensed the authentic, conflictual and pioneering nature of what they had done in the face of romanticised and Establishment versions. Of interest too is that in The Silver Tassie the writer does not mention Ireland once, he seeming to be saying something of far wider application and significance to the war crippled and bereaved of country after country post-1918.

In Topic: Hotel

17 April 2014 - 11:41 PM

I recall preferring the look and the use of the previous National Theatre website, though have got the hang of this latest one now. The website for the BFI next door has been enough for me to give up membership, so frustrating was trying to navigate its board.  A site should be as clear, simple and straightforward as possible yet still after all these years the user experience is so varied.

I agree about the need for a good theatre layout to help intending ticket buyers. Thanks for the tip about understanding The Shed's way of assigning seats.