Glenda Jackson is King Lear

Yup, and I have tickets. We popped in to get them yesterday having attended a course nearby. How could any theatre-goer miss the chance to see Glenda Jackson's first theatre performance in over twenty-five years? And as King Lear? She shares the Old Vic stage with Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, and Celia Imrie. Currently on the same stage is Lisa Dwan's No's Knife - more Beckett; she is to Beckett what fellow Irish actor Fiona Shaw is to T.S. Lawrence. I still haven't seen Fiona Shaw perform, which is terrible considering... I'm sure I've posted on here before referring to her mag-nif-i-cent performance of The Wasteland, the ipad app! Her tone, delivery, mannerisms... are all just perfect.

So, a lot to look forward to on the theatre front.

Music is on my mind at the moment - a lot.

Maybe it's trying to topple reading off its former pedestal. Skepta won the Mercury Prize 2016, which was a surprise. I had thought that Michael Kiwanuka would be a shoe-in, but he's been lauded everywhere else anyway... as has Bat For Lashes, and the brilliant Laura Mvula. And Radiohead, well, enough said. As for Bowie, he'd have loved the prize going to a newcomer. Also on the list was ANOHNI, or Antony Hegarty aka lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons. She (transgender) was born down the road in Chichester, but moved to San Fran when she was nine - when she was known as he. His voice is very similar to Boy George's. Then there's Savages, Jamie Woon, (BRIT graduate who grew up in New Malden, who has a throaty, experienced tone that betrays his 1983 year of birth (listen to Celebration, seems influenced by The National... came fourth in the BBC's Sound of 2011), The 1975, Kano... I'm still listening to last year's list, especially Slaves and their punky/Arctic Monkey riffing 'Sockets':

It wasn't her faultShe makes sugar taste like saltAnd when she walked in the roomYou could hear your eyes rolling round in their socketsTheir sockets, their sockets, their sockets...

More soon.

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