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Posted 03-30-2011 at 03:57 PM by tony schofield
Updated 03-30-2011 at 03:58 PM by tony schofield (typo correction)

I went with Joyce and my eldest daughter Alison to the theatre today, to see a production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
The last entertainment I attended with them was the film "The Black Swan," and today's outing proved a brilliant antidote to that depressing experience.
There were flaws. The massive amount of timber work used as props made the theatre smell somewhat like a DIY warehouse. The theatre was packed with teenagers, obviously out for an educational experience from their schools. No doubt Harper Lee's masterpiece is on their curriculum. They were well behaved, but did tend to laugh in the wrong places. The cast were English (probably mostly from Yorkshire,) and their efforts to emulate the Alabama accent were occasionally laughable, but the acting was good, diction mostly clear, and the characters portrayed emerged as full of character and individuality - each, in their way as unique human beings - acted, in effect in ways that were consistent with the philosophy of Atticus Finch. The script was superbly written, consistent with the book, and those kids had an experience of art and literature that was the equal of any Shakespearian outing.
Everyone a unique human being. A belief that, to me, is more important than any religious creed.
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    Tony, I've never read or seen performed that work. Your description makes it sound fascinating. Thanks for giving me a glimpse into your experience.

    John
    Posted 03-30-2011 at 09:12 PM by goldenmyst goldenmyst is offline
 

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