Friday, September 28, 2018

draw the curtains: so, so, so

And so, last night, to the NT Live version of Ian McKellen's King Lear.

In one scene - just like my dad - he drew comfort from obsessively folding his handkerchief. In Act 3, Scene 6 - just like my dad lately - he imagined he was in a court trial. Brilliant acting and brilliant writing that must have been drawn from life. Disturbing and hauntingly relevant all the same, though John has called this morning to say he took dad out last night, and he was happier than he'e been lately.

Prodnose: What is next on the NT Live Roster?

Myself: Allelujah! by Alan Bennett.

Prodnose: Set in the geriatric ward of a Yorkshire hospital, the Bethlehem, threatened with closure. That'll cheer you up and take you out of yourself, then.

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