SIR PETER HALL
“There’s nothing sadder than playing uproarious comedy,” wrote Peter Hall in his diaries when he first directed Bedroom Farce at the National Theatre in 1977. Now he’s reviving Alan Ayckbourn’s social comedy and commentary on the mores of the 1970s, more than thirty years later. Sir Peter Hall discusses the comedic form and argues that it’s comedy and not tragedy that holds a mirror to society.Duke of York's Theatre
Bedroom Farce is at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.
The classicist Edith Hall examines why plays written two and a half thousand years ago still speak so clearly to modern audiences. “Tragedy,” she writes, is “an aesthetically articulated question mark written in pain.” The surviving tragedies written by Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles may give a unique insight into ancient Athenian society, its politics and almost constant state of war, but they also explore the extent of human suffering and oppression, and pose philosophical and ethical questions.Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun
Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun is published by Oxford University Press.
When looking for “Two households, both alike in dignity”, the Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre, Paul Roseby, chose two schools on different sides of the tracks in Coventry. With the challenge of putting on a performance of Romeo and Juliet, Roseby casts the Capulets from the city’s leafy suburbs and the Montagues from the inner city. As the auditions and rehearsals get into full swing, he attempts to overcome any prejudices his young actors may have about Shakespeare and inspire them to live and breathe the Bard.When Romeo Met Juliet
When Romeo Met Juliet – a 3-part TV series – will be on BBC 2 in the coming months.
Sex is a fundamental human experience but one of the hardest to describe. "I have the language of pornography, I have the language of anatomy or medicine, I have the language of euphemism, and I’m happy with none of them." The latest edition of Granta, the magazine of new writing, is dedicated to sex. The editor, John Freeman, talks about sex, intimacy, language and avoiding being nominated for the Bad Sex Award.Granta Magazine
Granta 110: Sex is out now.
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