Talking Movies

January 8, 2019

I cry you mercy, then. I took you for that cunning London Wyndham that married with the Abbey

Filed under: Talking Theatre — Fergal Casey @ 10:27 pm

I’ve stayed out of the culture wars raging around Irish theatre on this blog after getting very badly wounded by engaging with them in private.

But today’s open letter by 300 figures in Irish theatre attacking the odd tack taken by the Abbey since its new Scottish directors took over in 2017 has led me to recheck my email archives and yes, I did really pen these words to someone else interested in theatre on 29 November 2016:

“Abbey has unleashed the entire 2017 programme. It’s basically become Wyndham’s Theatre in London. Produce nothing original, just host hit transfers. Arlington, Ballyturk, The Train, Waiting for Godot.”

There was more that critiqued the original productions in the programme, but still. It’s always nice to see that you did correctly read the tea leaves, even if other people insisted on emptying the pot over your head for so doing at the time.

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