A SCREAMING MAN (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France/Belgium/Chad 2010) M
Haroun’s war film - but, a man of minimalist proclivities, he speaks of national tragedy through the story of a swimming pool. Father Adam (Youssouf Djaoro) and son Abdel (Diouc Koma) are a team of pool attendants at a N’Djamena resort hotel. A former swimming medalist whom everyone still calls “champion,” Adam is an employee of 30 years’ standing, but corporate restructuring moves him to an undignified new post, leaving 20-year-old Abdel alone in the water. Adam recovers his job only when Abdel is forcibly inducted into the army, an event that his father is ambiguously complicit in. There’s no gunplay here; war is an ever-nearer off-screen horror, its first stirring coming through Adam’s transistor radio, then a passing helicopter. A Screaming Man’s story of economically enforced generational rivalry reflects the division - or, rather, lack of division - of the burden of war between fathers and sons.
- Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice.
NZ OPERA SOCIETY
Britten's "Albert Herring" Paramount 7pm Monday 25 August 2014
Price: $25; Opera Society Members $18, Seniors $22. Students under 25 free.
All enquiries to the editor 04 387 2559, not the theatre.
1985 Glyndebourne Production (2 hours 10’)
New Zealand baritone Jared Holt sings in this presentation.
Lady Billows – Patricia Johnson
Florence Pike (her Housekeeper) – Felicity Palmer
Miss Wordsworth (the Schoolmistress) – Elizabeth Gale
Mr Gedge (the Mayor) – Derek Hammond-Stroud
Mr Upfold (the Vicar) – Alexander Oliver
Superintendent Budd – Richard van Allen
Sid (the Butcher’s Assistant) – Alan Opie
Albert Herring – John Graham-Hall
Nancy (the Baker’s Assistant) – Jean Rigby
Mrs Herring – Patricia Kern
Emmie – Maria Bovino
Cis – Bernadette Lord
Harry – Richard Peachy
Conductor – Sir Bernard Haitink Director – Sir Peter Hall
The Glyndebourne Chorus; Soloists of the London Philharmonic
After the success of Peter Grimes many of the people responsible had left Sadler’s Wells and formed a new opera group, the Glyndebourne English Touring Opera.
Albert Herring premiered at Glyndebourne in 1947 and is Britten’s only true comedy. Having shown the dark side of Suffolk in Grimes Albert Herring shows its comic face, poking fun, through caricatures, of its “provincialness”. It touches that vein of English comedy mined by the likes of E. F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia novels. Based on a short story by Guy de Maupassant, Le rosier de Madame Husson, it offered Britten opportunities for musical parody even using Wagner’s “Tristan Chord” at the moment when Albert takes his first drink. This production by Sir Peter Hall is one of the most successful ever and has been revived at Glyndebourne several times, more recently with New Zealander Jared Holt as Sid.