Mr Gove

Originally posted on Paul Bernal's Blog:

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Mr Gove was extraordinarily arrogant.

Painfully arrogant.

He believed that he knew how everything should be done. He believed that everyone else in the world was stupid and ignorant.

The problem was, Mr Gove himself was the one who was ignorant.

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He got most of his information from his own, misty, memory.

He thought he remembered what it had been like when he had been at school – and assumed that everyone else’s school should be the same.

He remembered the good things about his own school days, and thought that everyone should have the same.

He remembered the bad things about his own school days, and thought that it hadn’t done him any harm – and that other children should suffer the way that he had.

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He got other information by reading newspapers.

The problem was, he read the wrong newspapers.

He read the ones that told stories that…

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As the World Tipped – Victoria Square Birmingham, Friday 6th September 2013

As the World Tipped - Victoria Square Birmingham, Friday 6th September 2013

Every so often Birmingham has some fantastic free outdoor Arts events. The weekend just gone was just one example with 4 Squares celebrating the opening of the new library. I was only able to attend one event, ‘As the World Tipped’ – a stunning aerial piece in which the performers interacted with some stunning projections on the theme of climate change. For more info see: http://www.wiredaerialtheatre.com/as-the-world-tipped#!__as-the-world-tipped/the-show and for more photos click on the photo to see my flickr set from the evening.

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REVIEW – PEOPLE by Alan Bennett @ Birmingham Rep (NT Tour) [Updated]

I was fortunate to be asked to go review the National Theatre’s production of Alan Bennett’s play ‘People’ at the newly reopened Birmingham Rep a couple of days back.  I will link to the full review when it goes live but for now, follow the jump for a little preview and for the link to the full review at WhatsOnStage.com

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London’s Small Theatres

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A recent BBC news story that grabbed my attention was about the future of London’s small theatres.  A small theatre is one that has a capacity  of 300 or less.  The closest I’d got to a small theatre earlier this year was seeing performances in studio spaces but earlier this year I visited the Union Theatre in London to see the musical Bare.  I was blown away at the theatre space and at the time had plans to blog about it but they were way laid with work commitments and so never happened (although when I see the transfer of Bare at Greenwich Theatre in October I’ll endevour to blog).

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Wright Write Films #2 – Knight Rider (original series) Season 1, Episode 1

THE SELECTION… (see the selection process at the end of this post)

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Publish date: FRIDAY 26th JULY

FRIDAY = Highest RatedTAILS = TV

  • Even date – Right column…

 

KNIGHT RIDER (original series) – SEASON 1, EPISODE 1 ‘Knight of Phoenix – Part 1’

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Wright Write Films #1 – The Thick Of It, Season 1 Episode 1

THE SELECTION… (see the selection process at the end of this post)

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Publish date: THURSDAY 25th JULY

TAILS = TV

THURSDAY = Collections

  • Top TV Laughs
  • Odd date – Left column….

THE THICK OF IT – SEASON 1, EPISODE 1

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REVIEW – Up4aMeet? Crescent Theatre Birmingham & Tour

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Up4aMeet? – Crescent Theatre Birmingham, 22nd July 2013

Up4aMeet? Is the finest example of a play that doesn’t take itself too seriously, is very aware of what it is, but also genuinely funny.  What could have been a production that was funny for the wrong reasons, this is a very humorous piece of theatre packed full of topical references and some very accurate observations.

The play, set in block of flats, follows the lives of 3 very different (stereotypical) gay men, their mutual friend the celebrity booker, her failing client and the new flat mate of the oldest of the 3 men.  Along with the use of ‘Cock Shop’ aka Grindr on their phones and websites to find sex and dates the action becomes farcical with cross communication, mixed identification and the need to succeed.

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COMING SOON: Wright Writes FILM! [Updated with selection process]

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Ever had that moment when you’re going through LoveFilm or Netflix and you see films or shows you’d like to watch but ‘not right now’? I seem to have this feeling pretty much everytime I go through the options, so with the summer holidays looming what better chance to actually watch those films you try to save for later.

The plan:

  • To randomly choose films or TV shows on LoveFilm.
  • To watch said film or TV show all the way through (TV shows to watch the first full episode and potentially more).
  • To either blog as I watch or write a review after.
  • To repeat as often as possible.

The aim? Well to get my money’s worth from LoveFilm to start of with, but also to give new things a try and to broaden my tastes.  Who knows – this horror hating blogger may turn out to become the biggest fan of Paranormal Activity!

Wish me luck…

 

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Carousel – BMOS at the New Alexandra Theatre, BIrmingham

Earlier this week I went along to see BMOS’ production of Carousel to review for WOS.  As a fan of amateur theatre, being involved in it myself, I always have hopes for companies to push themselves to their maximum ability, but to also have realistic expectations and not to take themselves too seriously.  Whether or not BMOS fit in with my personal point of view n am-dram is to be decided.  The full review can be found on the Whats On Stage website here – but for a sneak peak follow the jump…

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