Martin Crimp talks about the audience walking out In The Republic of Happiness

Back in December, I made no secret how much I disliked Martin Crimp’s In The Republic of Happiness. It was unrelentlessly boring, further more its central theme – the myopic indulgence of the middle classes – is at least five years behind the times. Until 2008, the middle classes thought the world was their oyster, happiness, success, security their entitlement. After 2008, the main story is fear. Entitlement is still wedged in the consciousness of the middle classes, yet it doesn’t match reality. Casual cruelty, confusion, shame drive the narrative.

A few days ago, Martin Crimp was interviewed at Front Row by Mark Lawson, a propos of his opera Written on Skin playing at the Royal Opera House. The conversation turned to In The Republic of Happiness, and here is what Martin Crimp said about members of the audience walking out in the middle of the performance. Continue reading

Do you want to talk about the Olympics?

There is no getting away from the Olympics. Why would I want to? We are collectively obsessed with the games and with good reason: this has been the greatest Olympics ever. Because, as Caitlin Moran wrote in the Times yesterday “Just like every new baby is the best baby ever, and every new spring triumphs over the last, all Olympics are the best, ever.” Olympics is a crazy collective dream. Noone wants to miss it.

The face of the games: some of the competitors will win olympic medals making their wildest dreams come true. Many others will achieve their personal goals. Wojdan Shaherkani, a 16 year old girl  from Saudi Arabia, is doing something she probably never wanted, but more important than all the medals together: she is the first Saudi woman to compete at the Games.

On the outside looking in: from the Financial Times London in Love with its games.

All come backs to theatre: From Mark Lawson at the Guardian Why the Olympic opening ceremony was a triumph of agitprop theatre.

Because we can never talk too much about the London 2012 opening ceremony: a blog post by my twitter friend Lucas Hare “Thank you, Danny Boyle. You caught me off guard”.

Uncharacteristic behaviour: BBC commentators keep their cool. Or not. What happened as Mo Farah won the 10,000m Olympic gold?

And finishing with a tweet that was making the rounds last night, after Super Saturday: “a mixed race girl, an African refugee & a ginger bloke walk into a bar. Everyone buys them a drink”. Quite.