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Betrayal with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall: Photographs

One of my favourite ‘Pinter’ plays.

New York Theater

Here are the production photographs of Daniel Craig, (his real-life wife) Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall starring on Broadway in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a tale of adultery that goes backward in time, directed by Mike Nichols.  Opening night is Sunday, October 27 at the Barrymore Theater, and the play is set to run through January 5, 2014.

TRAYAL originally premiered at London’s National Theatre in 1978.

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Dynamo: Do You Believe In Magic?

Londoners Stunned As Magician Walks On Water

I had never heard of this illusionist – called Steven Frayne (aka ‘Dynamo’) until last week. His stunts are the most awe- inspiring (and engaging) experiences: levitating from a Clapham Bus in London, 15 feet above the ground with his right hand perched on top of the bus. He was holding a can of ‘Pepsi Max’, all in the name of advertising? How is this possible? Some say it must have been a prosthetic limb, or there had to be a (concealed) hidden platform. Really? Dynamo performed his magic in broad daylight with people watching, every move.

Then he walked on water – across the Thames – while people stared in utter wonderment, including myself. I got lost in the moment, when illusion becomes reality. We need to keep the magic alive for our children: ‘Father Christmas’ is presently busy making presents, with his elves in the North Pole, and the ‘Tooth Fairy’ visits while you sleep, takes away your tooth, and replaces it with coins, or a note – if you are lucky. Then there is ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Peter Pan’, that awaken your imagination.

Magic is underrated… Don’t you think?

Is theatre sustainable?

Reading the TimeOut London (Your critical guide to events, attractions, culture and going out in London) back in the 90’s, sold theatre to me, right then. I would attend as many shows as I could, especially the Fringe Theatre in London including the Finborough, Hens and Chickens, Hampstead, Drill Hall (does it still exist?) Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric, Orange Tree, Richmond and Soho Theatre to name a few! I could go on. To be honest, I miss these experiences, sitting on the stage with the actors, on Sunday afternoon. In New Zealand, it is tough to meet your costs, break even. So how do you do it, without funding or grants? Simple, you pay. charlatan clinic (Theatre company) has produced work for a couple of years and it has been challenging, albeit satisfying to write, direct or produce plays, into New Zealand and Australia. You need to love theatre to create it, period. Arts practitioners always need a day job, whether it be teaching, telemarketing or making coffee, that’s what you do. Theatre has been in development for some 2500 years, starting in Athens, apparently. Anyway, I am in it for the long haul, promise.

“My playground was the theatre. I’d sit and watch my mother pretend for a living. As a young girl, that’s pretty seductive.” – Gwyneth Paltrow