‘Jackie’ – Sinead O’Connor
I’m in Yorkshire.
Reading it again.
Soon be Christmas.
‘Little River’ – Strawberry Switchblade
SOME THOUGHTS ON MANSFIELD PARK
To me, the idea of a production of Jane Austen’s MANSFIELD PARK seems like an excellent one. At last, a good, proper bit of theatre to sink my teeth into. But in some ways, the Berkoff element has put paid to any easy ride I thought I might get. Mind you, it’s enlivened the whole thing too. I had been hoping to do some acting this term, though.
I’ll admit that I found reading the book a bit of a chore. I think it was perhaps the dullest, most uninteresting novel I’ve ever read: wordy, unmoving and very static. I also thing the ending is a rushed ‘cop-out’; a turgid anti-climax to a poor piece of storytelling. That’s why I think the expressionist/sub-text thing we’re going for enlivens it. Well done for that, Larry Goodgirl.
I was surprised to be approached to direct it, mostly because I had my eye on playing the role of Henry Crawford, probably the most well drawn male character in the book. I cast Johnny in that role and I am enjoying him in it.
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