Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I fear for the safety and sanity of Anthony Neilson. Neilson is a playwright and today in The Guardian he attacks British theatre. - 'We've been boring audiences for decades now, and they've responded by slowly withdrawing their patronage.' And: 'The most depressing response I encounter when I'm chatting someone up and I ask them if they ever go to the theatre is this: "I should go but I don't.' A decade ago, I wrote something very similar. I may as well have planted land mines in a school playground. The luvvies were incandescent, their outrage combined with sheer incredulity that anybody could even think such thoughts, never mind express them in print. The climax of this process was the recording of a radio show in which I sat alone on stage while 200 luvvies shrieked incoherent abuse from the stalls. It was, of course, a great boost to my self-esteem. But can Neilson take it? I am available for counselling.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:22 am