Archive for August 7th, 2009

Behan’s Wonderland

7 August 2009

By Lisa-Marie Griffith

The HostageLast night I went to see Wonderland production’s  The Hostage currently playing at the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse street. I thoroughly enjoyed their adaptation of Moliere’s The Miser last year at the Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street. This was particularly enjoyable because it was enacted in eighteenth-century dress in the beautiful georgian rooms in the Joyce Centre and the production took full advantage of this; the backdrop really encouraged the audience to get into the play by sitting them right in the middle of the plot as it unfolded. While I know very little about Brendan Behan, I know he was a notorious drinker, I purchased tickets for The Hostage on the strength of Wonderland’s production of The Miser. I will think twice about walking into this trap again. Read More

Harry Patch (1898-2009)

7 August 2009

By Kevin O’Sullivan

Morning_a_Passchendaele._Frank_HurleyInteresting when two worlds collide. This morning the funeral took place of Harry Patch, the last surviving Briton to have fought in the trenches of World War I. He was 111 years old. There have been plenty of words written on Patch’s life, how he refused to speak of his experiences to anyone until approached by BBC documentary-makers in 1998, his views on the futility of war, and what he symbolised to the modern world.

But perhaps the most compelling words were those uttered by Patch himself. One of the most intriguing reactions to his death has been the release by British band Radiohead of a song titled ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’, with lyrics adapted from Patch’s own recollections:

‘I am the only one that got through
The others died where ever they fell
It was an ambush
They came up from all sides Read More