Saw Stovepipe at, uh, W12 shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush. Basically a play about an ex-army security guard in Iraq, searching for a friend who's disappeared.
The difference is that it's a kind of immersive thing. There's no stage, but a series of rooms: you follow the cast around from room to room and mingle with them as the play goes on: clever spotlighting keeps the focus on the characters. There's a bit of interaction with the minor actors, but you don't have to actively participate much.
Thought it was really good, one of the best plays I've seen in ages. Maybe it's the novelty factor, but I thought the staging kept you much more involved in the events than in a conventional theatre.
The writing was good, morally ambiguous without clichés. Pretty intense performances too.
What I'm Reading
A.D. 500: A Journey Through the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland by Simon Young. Curious book. Written by a historian of the period, it's a kind of fake travel guide, written from the point-of-view of a Byzantine expedition on a perilous expedition through these barbarous islands.
Pretty good though: there's a lot of interesting information as you go through, and the format keeps it interesting.
Thinking about it, not quite sure what the provenance is for the Irish nipple-sucking ritual though. Allegedly it was an important symbolic gesture to indicate a protective/parental relationship.
Joined Twitter on a slow day as TheoEsc. It's quite interesting so far: might find myself getting bored with it eventually.
Not sure whether Stephen Fry is more interesting than depressing. I'm all "Just ate a bowl of cornflakes!" and then he tweets "Just arrived in Borneo in pursuit of the venemous krait!".
Not sure how much you can tweet without annoying people.
Discovered lately that the "Reply" option only messages the replyee and your mutual followers. So in-jokes should be pretty safe that way.
Misc. Robofish to monitor pollution.
Articles. More on the great UK.gov lie detector rip-off. Mark Thomas: Euro ruling means innocent UK arrestees can get DNA record deleted but you have to ask. How to make game AI dumb enough to defeat (/.) Evangelical apology to Darwin (TP). Mervyn King on regulation (ecUK).
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