Author Archives: David

FEATS 2021: live online from Brussels

FEATS, the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies, was due to be held in Brussels this year. Alas, like so many other events, it has had to be cancelled. But this year’s organisers, the English Comedy Club, refused to give up entirely. So for the first time FEATS will be a non-competitive, online “fringe” festival. There will be filmed productions from more than twenty theatre groups from different European countries. It takes place from 14 to 16 May 2021 on a screen near you. There Continue reading →

Online reading: “The History Boys” by Alan Bennett

Nothing could diminish the incendiary achievement of this subtle, deep-wrought and immensely funny play about the value and meaning of education … in short, a superb, life-enhancing play. Michael Billington, The Guardian, 19 May 2004 An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool. In Alan Bennett’s play, staff-room rivalry Continue reading →

“Pravda”: we continue our online reading

The first instalment of Pravda, which we read on 21 March, proved very popular. So much so that we’ve decided to continue it at our next session on 18 April. At the end of part 1, Lambert Le Roux, South African entrepreneur hitherto specialising in sports goods, has acquired two British newspapers, the Leicester Bystander and the the Victory. His first move is to sack all the staff and put in place new journalists and editors whose view of the world is more in line Continue reading →

Online reading: “Pravda” by David Hare and Howard Brenton

… Everywhere people tell lies. In pubs. To each other. To their husbands. To their wives. To the children. To the dying – and thank God they do. No one tells the truth. Why single out newspapers? … They are the universal scapegoat for everyone else’s evasions and inadequacies. So says Lambert le Roux, main protagonist of Pravda (= truth, in Russian), written in collaboration by Howard Brenton and David Hare. It was premiered at the (London) National Theatre in 1985. The play portrays the Continue reading →

Online reading: “Henry IV” by Luigi Pirandello

Tagora members and friends are invited to take part in – or just listen to – an online reading of Henry IV by Luigi Pirandello on Sunday 21 February at 11.00. About the play After a fall from his horse during a Carnival pageant, an unnamed Italian aristocrat believes he is the obscure medieval German emperor Henry IV and is placed by the family in a villa with four valets, pretending to be his “private counsellors” – Landolph, Ordulph, Harold and the newly recruited Berthold. Continue reading →