Bertolt Brecht: “Irresistible force or forgotten chapter in theatrical history?”


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Poster for the Riverside Shakespeare Company’s production of Edward II. New York, 1982. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bertolt Brecht: irresistible force or forgotten chapter in theatrical history?

Brecht’s belief that drama should present moral ideas through action is unfashionable, but as theatre becomes ever more narcissistic, audiences are seeking him out again

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Not dead yet: Rebecca Brewer and Joseph Arkley in Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, revived at the Arcola in London. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

It’s that man again: Bertolt Brecht. His early play, In the Jungle of Cities, is being revived at London’s Arcola, and later this month he’s back in the West End, as Jonathan Church‘s Chichester production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui moves to the Duchess. It’s a production that won lots of praise when first seen last year, not least for the comic demonism of Henry Goodman‘s performance as the eponymous Chicago racketeer who provides a metaphor for Adolf Hitler. But, for all its dazzling energy, I suspect the production will raise all the old arguments about Brecht’s standing today. Is he still an irresistible force or simply a chapter in theatrical history whose reputation has declined with the collapse of eastern European communism?

In weighing up the pros and cons, one has to start with a basic fact: as both a practising dramatist and visionary theorist, Brecht changed the face of modern theatre. Just to take Britain alone, I’d argue that the historic visit by Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble to London in 1956 did more than any other single event – even than the premiere of Waiting for Godot a year earlier – to shake us out of our rooted complacency. The spare Brechtian aesthetic had a profound influence on the newly founded English Stage Company at the Royal Court, and the realisation of what a permanent company could achieve shaped the creation of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960 and the National theatre in 1963….

Readmore here, please:  http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/sep/18/bertolt-brecht-arturo-ui-revival/print

British water supplier Severn Trent faces possible bid


British water supplier Severn Trent faces possible bid by Staff Writers London (AFP) May 14, 2013

British water supplier Severn Trent said on Tuesday it had been approached by a consortium including Canadian and Kuwaiti investment companies regarding a possible bid, sending its share price surging.

“The board of Severn Trent announces that it has received an approach with a view to making a proposal from a consortium made up of (Canadian group) Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., the Kuwait Investment Office and (British pension fund) Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited,” said a statement.

“This may or may not lead to an offer being made for Severn Trent,” it added.

Severn Trent’s share price rocketed 14.68 percent to trade at 2,093 pence in morning deals, easily topping London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index, which was trading 0.19-percent lower.

London Marathon Rhino Runners Wear 22 Pound-Suits During Race To Save The Species


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London Marathon Rhino Runners Wear 22-Pound Suits During Race To Save The Species (PHOTOs)

London Marathon Rhino Runner

It’s hard enough running a marathon’s 26.2 miles, but going the whole way in a 22-pound rhino costume is another beast entirely.

But that’s just what 15 competitors running for Save The Rhino did last Sunday in an effort to raise awareness and money for the charity. The fastest runner clocked in at just under 5 hours.

The suits have become a symbol for the organization and were first introduced in 1992 at the London and New York marathons. They’ve since been to Paris, Dublin, Boston and the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Rhinos have been having a tough time lately — some 633 were killed in South Africa alone last year. Their horns are considered a cure-all medicine in some Asian countries and there’s still a demand for hunting trophies.

Radical measures have been deployed in an effort to stop poaching, including the use of drones and a new system to dye the horns bright pink.

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Competitor numbers are put onto a Rhino’s head before the start of the Virgin London Marathon 2013 on Blackheath Common on April 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

London Marathon Rhino Runners

MOMENT TRUCK CRAMMED WITH FIVE HUNDRED CATS STOPPED EN ROUTE TO RESTAURANTS IN CHINA


Who ordered the sweet and sour pussies? Moment truck crammed with FIVE HUNDRED cats was stopped en route to restaurants in China

By David Wilkes

PUBLISHED: 21:55 GMT, 1 November 2012 | UPDATED: 01:35 GMT, 3 November 2012

Some were crammed into rusty cages so small they could not stand up.

Others were gasping for air in sacks. All were starving, exhausted and just hours from being killed and served up as a delicacy in restaurants.

These harrowing photographs were taken after 500 cats were found piled on top of each other in a lorry bound for the slaughterhouse.

Disturbing: When the cats were found some had been struggling to breathe through small holes in burlap sacksDisturbing: When the cats were found some had been struggling to breathe through small holes in burlap sacks

 

Caged animals: Many of the 500 cats were crammed together in tiny cages as they made the trip in the back of the truck across ChinaCaged animals: Many of the 500 cats were crammed together in tiny cages as they made the trip in the back of the truck across China

Many would have once been pets, stolen off the streets by ‘cat snatchers’. They are taken for slaughter in what animal welfare campaigners describe as ‘hideous conditions’, often without food or water.

These cats were saved by chance when police pulled the vehicle over for a routine check in the city of Xuzhou, eastern China, after noticing it had out-of-town licence plates.

 

 

They asked the driver what was being transported after hearing muffled whimpers from under the tarpaulin covering the cargo,

‘He said it was a full load of rabbit, but after we instructed him to uncover the load we were shocked to find a full load of living cats,’ said officer Sun Hai.

Intercepted: The felines were rescued thanks to routine vehicle checks, before they were sold as foodIntercepted: The felines were rescued thanks to routine vehicle checks, before they were sold as food

 

Helping hand: Volunteers rushed to give the cats water, before they were transferred to an animal centre for treatmentHelping hand: Volunteers rushed to give the cats water, before they were transferred to an animal centre for treatmentThe lorry driver had not broken any laws, as in China it is not illegal to eat cat meat, nor to sell the animals for slaughter,

But the police contacted animal lovers in the city who negotiated for three hours with the driver, before eventually managing to buy the cats for 3,500 Yuan (£350).

Horrifying: Some of the cats had been stuffed into bags with barely enough room to breatheHorrifying: Some of the cats had been stuffed into bags with barely enough room to breathe

The rescuers gave the cats food, water and medical attention and took them away to safety.

Eating cat meat dates back thousands of years in China, and despite a fledgling animal rights movement it continues to be considered a delicacy in some areas.

One Cantonese dish, called ‘tiger and dragon locked in battle’, is a hot pot of cat and snake meat.

The appetite for the dish has already made cats scarce and costly in the southern region of Guangdong, where restaurants have had to look elsewhere for a steady supply.

This means the animals are often transported long distances from other areas.

Animal welfare groups say many do not survive the journey and are dead before they reach their destination.

Yesterday Alan Knight, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, said: ‘There are horrendous practices in China and their animal welfare system is abysmal.

‘It is a hugely rich country and they really need to take themselves out of the dark ages and into a more humane way of treating and transporting animals.’

Lucky escape: Fortunately the haul of cats are now being cared for at an animal centreLucky escape: Fortunately the haul of cats are now being cared for at an animal centreDavid Neale, animal welfare director for Animals Asia, said: ‘They are transported in hideous conditions, often with no food or water, to their death. It’s appalling, absolutely horrific.

‘These are animals which in much of the world are pets and they are suffering terribly.’

Draft animal protection laws were presented to the Chinese government last year but no legislation has yet been passed.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226542/Truck-crammed-FIVE-HUNDRED-cats-stopped-en-route-restaurants-China.html#ixzz2BFz6iOgH  ALL RIGHTS THERE!

An Ant with a Microchip!


Amazing Scanning Electron Microscope Photos… Awesome!
All these pictures are from the book ‘ Microcosmos,’ created by Brandon Brill from London. This book includes many scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of insects, human body parts and household items. These are the most amazing images of what is too small to see with the naked eye.