Quote of the week

I apologise if it’s somewhat paraphrased, but the gist remains. Author Lionel Shriver on Newsnight Review referencing the number of plays she’s sat through in Belfast..

..where people simply pony up the kind of stereotypes to which they themselves are constantly subjected.

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  • Was this about Martin Lynch’s new play, or something else Pete?

  • Pete Baker

    Something else and entirely unrelated, Garibaldy.

    That, to me, is where the power of the reference lies.

  • credit crunch

    Yes, Pete, watched Newsnight Review myself and smiled when she came out with that line.

    Garibaldy, she was talking about a dire new play performed by Arab and Jewish Israeli actors, and mentioned how it reminded her of sitting through so many similar crap plays in Belfast that consisted of little more than a succession of stereotypes.

  • Thanks to both of you for that. When I asked the question, it was still on live, and thus I couldn’t watch it online.

  • Padraig

    I went down to see Lynch’s play. It is dreadful, awful. I walked out halfway through. It would have been less painful visiting the dentist.

  • credit crunch

    I must confess I haven’t seen it, but only too readily accept your view. I would have been mightily surprised if it had been anything else, given our record in this sphere.

    What gets me is the fawning of the media over these locally produced, lazy bore-fests.
    They invariably lack imagination, good writing, or any effort to move beyond comfort zones of stereotype re-enforcement(think of Gary Mitchell, for Christ’s sake), but each is trumpeted as if it’s on a par with Chekov. The subtext being, “Look how courageous so and so is, he/she is confronting our demons head on”. When, in fact, they’re doing no such thing.
    You feel like screaming at the TV or radio, “FFS, don’t encourage them”.

    On a similar note, the local BBC, no doubt congratulating itself on its courage, recently screened a resurrection of James Young at the Opera House, with shots of Crawley et al in stitches in the audience. Young was hardly funny when he was around, this rehash was a total embarassment.

    It’s hard to think of a good, courageous play written here since Thompson’s “Over The Bridge”. Maybe the Billy trilogy, given the time and circumstances when it was screened, but nothing else comes near.

  • Padraig

    I noticed others CC, who were there also making adverse comments, my elder brother and father also hated it.

    The chattering classes would have loved it, it living up to the stereotypes of what motivates the working and how they speak and behave, crudely and with little reason.

    You’re right the BBC has a lot of crap to answer for.


    I have heard very unflattering reviews from people who have seen it. “A bit like Give My Head Peace……without the few laughs” a work colleague and he also felt like walking out as he said it was so boring. Lionel Shriver used to do a weekly piece on Talkbalk which, I thought, were always very much on the side of Unionism. That’s why I remember her, she was one of the very few international commentators to side with Unionism.

  • credit crunch

    She seemed about to side with Israel last night, but then pulled her horns in.
    She gets quite a bit of coverage on national TV and radio, and in the press.
    Has she written anything of note other than the “Kevin” book (a genuine query, btw)?

  • iluvni

    No-one mentioned ‘One night in November’ yet?

  • Lurker

    My understanding is that the BBC will not be broadcasting any troubles related plays because it makes clear in advance thgat it doesn’t want them. think of the stories that we have here: The disappeared, the informers: the message to writers from the BBC is, don’t bother.