Hello, hello! How quickly ten days fly by when you are having fun. I am back from Spain – a little more tanned, and way more relaxed, despite a bit of work while there.
We returned on a true red-eye flight on Thursday night and have a few more days until we head on to Berlin at the end of this coming week. Meh, I am definitely working this week… On the upside, that means I will be at the computer more, and have time to catch up on all sorts of things.
Such as the Fan Challenge, woefully behind at F… What the…????
F – Name a play that you wish RA would do.
Tough question. I’ve seen lots of plays in the past few years that I really liked, and I often also thought “Richard would’ve been *great* in this.” Labour of Love comes to mind. Or better still, Don Juan in Soho, although the latter was so perfectly embodied by David Tennant, I really had no complaints there. So who, or what? Shakespeare seems to be considered the ultimate ennoblement for actors, and yet – his plays have been done so often, there have been too many “definitive” and “seminal” versions of the plays; I’d rather like to see RA in something else. Both plays I have seen him in, were “conventional” – and I don’t mean that as a qualitative statement. They were classically staged plays (even though TC was played in the round, which was unusual and extremely fitting for the play; and LLL had an interesting progression through several decades.) But I would love to see him in something totally left-field, something experimental even, without structure, without props and backdrops and sets, something that really challenges the audience, something radical and different that redefines theatre and that makes waves. Something like Peter Handke’s Publikumsbeschimpfung (Offending the Audience) comes to mind.
I just got absorbed into watching half an hour of that play on YT – fantastic, the 1960s really were a great time for theatre! Or the Theatre of the Absurd (Beckett, Pinter).
Ok, but to actually name a play, here’s this: I would love to see a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s plays. I saw GBS’s Major Barbara five years ago in Dublin – not necessarily his best play, but I quite enjoy the morality tone of the piece. He has gone out of fashion, though, which is a pity as he is an extremely interesting playwright and author, quite ahead of his time in many ways. And a Nobel laureate, whose legacy is unfortunately overshadowed and watered down by Pygmalion (turned into My Fair Lady). My wish would be for Man and Superman – an unfortunate choice in the sense that it has been done relatively recently (2015) in London with the always excellent Ralph Fiennes as the main character, Jack Tanner, a confirmed, rich bachelor, who is chosen as guardian for a young woman who decides she wants to marry and tame the cad. There is also a discussion between Don Juan (also played by the actor who plays Tanner) and the devil himself in the play, which provides an interesting challenge in the role – more scope for RA to show his abilities.
But good fan that I am, I will be happy with anything – although RA in a GBS revival on his Dublin home turf would be a dream come true!
What would you like to see RA in?