Kafka’s Dick

first_imgThis production of Kafka’s Dick, directed by Sophie Buchan and Sara Carroll, is an excellent interpretation of Bennett’s absurdist comedy. It focusses on the relationship between Kafka (Simon Motz) and Brod (Thomas Eyre-Maunsell), both of whom give energetic and vivid performances. The production examines the relationship between these two characters, and brings out too the lighter, more farcical side of the play to create some truly funny moments. The scene in which Brod tries to hide from Kafka the fact that he did not burn his books brings out the best of Eyre-Maunsell’s acting talents. Kieran Wanduragala’s Sydney is a banal man, and his contemptuous dismissal of Juliet Lough’s Linda is effective and in sharp contrast with Kafka’s encouragement of her more thoughtful side. The play works in pairs, and the dialogue between Kafka and Linda is especially effective. The directors have chosen to emphasise the literary allusions in the play, in order to highlight its subtext, and to make its satire as accessible as posible. This allows both those familiar with Kafka, and newcomers to his works, to appreciate the play. The production is ideally suited to the BT, as the intimacy highlights the absurdity of Bennett’s world, as well as emphasising the interplay between the characters. The themes which run through the comedy are excellently drawn out in a production which is both thoughtprovoking and entertaining.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

S’final Feat Surprises Federer

first_imgFederer, who has not won a Grand Slam title since triumphing at Wimbledon in 2012, had been sidelined by a knee injury throughout the second half of last year and has slipped from third in the world to 17th.He played in the non-ranking Hopman Cup in Perth earlier in January, but has come through 18 sets in Melbourne.“I think winning back-to-back matches in best-of-five sets against quality, great players has surprised me most,” he said.“Really that’s been for me the big question mark, if I could do that so early in my comeback.“I felt I was always going to be dangerous on any given day in a match situation. But obviously as the tournament would progress, maybe I would fade away with energy, you know, that kind of stuff.”Federer and Wawrinka last met at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, with Federer winning 7-5 6-3Federer holds an 18-3 winning record against Wawrinka, but the 31-year-old will go into the semi-final as the world number four and looking for a second consecutive Grand Slam title after last year’s US Open success.Federer has won their past two meetings, at the ATP World Tour Finals and in the US Open in 2015, but Wawrinka holds a Grand Slam win against his Davis Cup team-mate, coming in the quarter-finals of the French Open in the same year.“Against Roger, it’s always special because he’s so good. He’s the best player of all time,” said the three-time Grand Slam winner.“He has an answer for everything. But I managed to beat him in a Grand Slam, so we’ll see.“It’s great to see him back at that level. Hopefully I can manage to play a great match.”All of Wawrinka’s three Grand Slam titles have come since Federer won his last five years ago.And Wawrinka’s rise to becoming a consistent top-10 player did not come until he was aged 28, and after plenty of help from his fellow Swiss.“I remember giving Stan a lot of advice on how he should play certain guys,” said Federer.“Then the day came where he didn’t call me so much any more. He called me less and less.“I also felt like I didn’t tell him any more, because he created his knowledge, his base, had his team. Only from time to time would I give him advice if he asked me.“Otherwise I was happy that he was able to let go and go on his own path.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has said that he did not expect to reach the Australian Open semi-finals after a six-month injury lay-off.The four-time champion in Melbourne is making his competitive return after last playing at Wimbledon in July.Federer beat Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2 to set up tomorrow’s last-four match against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.“Feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that’s a huge surprise to me,” said the 35-year-old.“For Stan, yes, but not for me. I honestly didn’t even know a few days ago that he was in my section of the draw or I’m in his section.”last_img read more