Watch…The Master and Margarita(2006) Based on the book by Mikhail Bulgakov(1891-1940).Most of his work, including this book, was censured during his lifetime but it is now considered to be a masterpiece. This film adaptation is a literal depiction of the book. The director, Vladimir Bortko, used original 30s film in the film to give it authenticity, as well as amazing recreations of scenes from the book. Bulgakov was an exponent of the genre of magic realism and that is why having read the book I was amazed that anyone would try and recreate it. If you cannot get the film, read the book or see the Barbican’s production in december by theatre de complicite.
Tickets go on sale on 14 August.
Support your local…the Black Lion Salford was robbed last week and several people are doing fundraisers. On Friday 17 August, playwright Cathy Crabb and friends are donating a performance of the excellent play “The Bubbler” about the August riots of 2011. Starts 8pm at the Black Lion
Listen..Sailing to Byzantium (Trail Belle records 2012) by Christine Tobin.She takes the poetry of WB Yeats and writes the accompanying music. She has chosen some of his most beautiful poems and mostly it works well. One of them, “The Song of Wandering Aengus” has been covered much better by Christy Moore. Yeats was a bit strange around women and Christine also chose the poem he wrote about political activists Eva Gore Booth and Constance Markievicz which I think is a bit creepy. Most of the songs and music are excellent and she picked a winner when she got the lovely Gabriel Byrne to read three of the poems.
Celebrate...and commemorate the Peterloo massacre..there is a vigil on 15 August at 930PM in front of the G Mex/central Exhibition centre. A 15ft home made monument will be installed of an illuminated liberty cap, which was one of the icons targetted by the yeomen on the day. As well as bathing the pavement in the light of liberty, it will also feature the word LIBERTY in bright red letters.A candlelit vigil will follow until midnight. See
Manchester Trades Council are holding a social to commemorate Peterloo and raise funds for the TUC March in October. It will be held at the Radisson Hotel on 16 August at 730pm. The line-up will include singer Claire Mooney and comedian Dave Puller.see