Archive for August 9th, 2011

Riots stop play

Tonight, I had hoped to have been at the National Theatre in London, to see the rarely performed Ibsen play Emperor and Galilean. I had hoped afterwards to write a review here of the production. Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men, and all that… After last night’s appalling riots in various parts of London, it seemed best not to venture tonight into the centre of the city. After all, the train I would have taken passes through Clapham Junction, the scene of some horrendous violence last night.  I have no idea what will happen tonight – I am hoping, naturally, that nothing more will happen – but I don’t want to risk being stranded in a riot-torn city, with the trains cancelled.

So that’s £20 down the drain, and no play. But there are many others who have suffered and have lost far more. I try not to get into politics on this blog, but I am very angry and deeply saddened by what has been happening in the city which, over the years, I have come to love.