An interesting start to the week…


I’m off to the Lyceum for the first read through of the script for “of Mice and men:”.  John Steinbeck’s classic.

Very excited.

It comes to the theatre in mid- February and here is the synopsis as posted by The Lyceum…

Armed with nothing but hope, and the dream of one day living and working on their own land, George and his childishly innocent companion Lennie start work on a ranch.

New friendships are made and at first life looks good, until gentle Lennie, unaware of his own immense strength, unwittingly shatters their dreams in one disturbingly tragic act.

This is theatre at its most powerful.

Cast:

George…………………William Ash
Lennie………………….Steve Jackson
Candy………………….Peter Kelly
The Boss/Whit………Greg Powrie
Curley………………….Garry Collins
Curley’s Wife………..Melody Grove
Slim……………………..Liam Brennan
Carlson………………..Mark McDonnell
Crooks…………………John Macaulay

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Wise words from John Dove, director of A View from The Bridge that opens next week at the Lyceum


“They need answers, and in a way they don’t need telling problems so much. In our modern media there’s a tremendous saturation of what’s wrong, and what I try to do is to draw out what’s right.”

I’m sick of the current media blame culture, I really am.

Take the sacking of Stewart Stevenson because it snowed and he made light of it.  Someone had to ge because it snowed.  Take the MD of NI Water who didn’t repair the pipes quick enough because for 20 years the money for pipe-fixing was diverted into counter terrorism in the Province.

I could go on and on about the culture that stifles us today where heads must roll for evils done to us.  How about we just moan clearly and concisely and then the problem gets fixed and we all move on.

Now, BP, that’s a different story.  The MD of BP was in denial of the situation and couldn’t, seemingly, be arsed with fixing it.  His head should have, and did, roll.

But, generally speaking, it’s all a bit wearing is it not?