Say yes to Europe

first_imgEurope Playhouse Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 October Ilan Goodman’s production of David Greig’s Europe asks the question “What is politics?”. At the same time it posits a bicentric world-view in which we see traditional nation-politics offset by Thirlwellian bedroom power-play. The continent that this play deals with is not just the cosmopolitan world of Berlin, Athens, and Salzburg, but a war-ravaged, refugee-ridden place of treachery and insecurity. Set in a unspecified European village, two contrasting arrivals cause characters to reconsider the nature of their locality. Morocco, a well-travelled entrepreneur, pines for the comfort of home, while economic migrants Sava and Katia are forced to sleep on the train platform. Greig’s fans will tell you of his speciality in presenting subjects such as immigration, nationalism, patriotism and identity, through tight personal relationships. It is certainly an absolute triumph of Goodman’s direction that in such a large play – big themes, big stage, big set – Europe is sincere and personally involving. The interplay of the tired and pained Katia (Kate Fowler), looking after her doting father, Sava (Colin Burnie), is particularly affecting; the consequences of their flight grow in front of your eyes. Some of the most entertaining scenes are between three youths, Berlin (Gethin Anthony), Billy (Tai Shan Ling) and Horse (Andy King). They fizzle with a melancholic humour as the hopeless discuss their hopes. The scenes between the lovers Berlin and Adele (Polly Findlay) are also brilliantly staged and harrowing. This is also a play about escaping, about journeying, but for a journey to make sense it has to be going somewhere. Throughout, there is a feeling that ideas are floating about in the same way that the characters do. In order to flourish they need to be pinned down. Greig seems willing to raise the issues of media presentation, immigration, and the rise of the right-wing. He seems more evasive in answering them. There are moments when the play feels distinctly didactic, “remember that we are, in our own way, Europe” and yet when we look for the lesson there is nothing to be learnt. But hardly in a version as brilliantly staged and compelling as this can there be no point. We are reminded that humanity is to be found only in the relationships in our world.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

Telluride Blues & Brews Sees Performances By Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Anders Osborne, And More [Photos]

first_imgThis weekend, Telluride Blues & Brews took over Telluride Town Park, bringing the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band, Anders Osborne, Drive-By Truckers, Benjamin Booker, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tab Benoit, The Magpie Salute, Eric Lindell, and more to the charming town nestled in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Telluride frequently plays host to a number of internationally renowned music festivals, such as Telluride Bluegrass and Telluride Jazz, and Telluride Blues & Brews is no different, with its lineup celebrating blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel, and soul regularly drawing huge names. Across the festival’s four nights and three days—this year falling from September 14th through September 17th—Blues & Brews saw consistently top-notch performances, with the shows eventually spilling over into the town’s intimate Sheridan Opera House, which only has a capacity of 240 people, after the main music of the day was over.You can check out photos from this year’s Blues & Brews festival below, courtesy of Andrew Rios. Load remaining images Telluride Blues & Brews 2017 | Telluride, CO | Photo: Andrew Rioslast_img read more

Pakistan hospitals running out of beds as virus cases surge past 100,000

first_imgLast week a leaked government report suggested there were nearly 700,000 infections in Lahore alone. Doctors at several main hospitals in the historic eastern city told AFP they were running out of beds, ventilators and other vital equipment. “As the cases increase, more health care workers are also falling victim to the virus,” said Farooq Sahil, a doctor at Services Hospital Lahore.Khizer Hayat, chairman of the Young Doctors Association of Punjab, said facilities across the province needed help. Topics : Pakistan has recorded more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus, health authorities said Monday, as hospitals warned they are running out of beds to treat patients.Pakistan — and neighbors India and Afghanistan — have lagged behind Western nations in virus tolls, but experts warn a lack of testing or accurate reporting in rural areas could be hiding true figures. In recent weeks, however, the country of more than 210 million has reported a sharp rise in new infections, and on Monday the government said more than 100,000 cases and 2,000 deaths had now been recorded.center_img “Hospitals are running out of beds; there aren’t enough ventilators given to us,” he told AFP.In the southern port city of Karachi, health centers are turning away the sick, with a large sign near the entrance of the Indus hospital stating there was no room for coronavirus patients.Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said he expected the virus to peak “towards the end of July, followed by a gradual downslide”.Pakistan’s lockdown policy has been patchy at best, with Khan reluctant to call a nationwide shutdown in order to protect the economy.Asad Umar, who heads the national coronavirus task force, announced that a package to relieve pressure on hospitals would include 1,000 new beds in major cities. “The crisis is unfolding now as we have ceased to observe isolation,” said Sikander Ali Memon, who is leading Sindh province’s anti-virus efforts.In southwestern Balochistan province, government spokesman Liaqat Shahwani told AFP the situation was serious, and authorities were struggling to cope.last_img read more