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Friday, July 08, 2005

impact on the London theatre

If you're curious about how the London theatre community has reacted to the bombing (in short, they went dark last night), read Michael Reidel's report.

3 comments:

thewebloge said...

Or see the Society of London's Theatre's website...

The Playgoer said...

Thanks much, Webloge, for the link and for exposing me to that site... How interesting (eerie?) that the Court just opened a play called "Talking to Terrorists" days before the bombing. Political theatre in London seems just so much more immediate and of-the-moment than in New York, where plays lag behind events.

thewebloge said...

Yes, there's a lot of reportage theatre in London. Certainly a good thing. But I do think that verbatim plays often fall short as documentary and as drama. David Hare's Stuff Happens, for instance, may have dealt with the subject of the run up to the Iraq war, but it didn't expand our perspective.