Saturday, 27 June 2009

The Pianist

I went to see The Pianist at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester this week. The staged version tells the remarkable story of Wladyslaw Szpilman's survival during the Holocaust. It is a 2 man show; Peter Guiness relays the tremendous story of how the pianist, Spilman escaped the horrors of the concentration camps and hid in the ghettos, accompanied by Mikhail Rudy immaculate playing of Chopin. The tale unfolds when a German officer discovers Szpilman and helps him survive until Liberation.

I found the use of the pianist throughout the story brilliant and significant. It is a truly unimaginable, remarkable story. I have previously seen Polanski's film and thought that the production enhanced the reality or it. After studying the Holocaust through a variety of different mediums, such as films, books and even a trip to Poland, I still found going to see this production a strong and meaningful experience.

The audience was something that I found very interesting. I was expecting a majority Jewish audience but to my surprise there was a large variety of people of all ages and from all religious backgrounds. This was something I found very comforting, to know that the rest of the world are still being educated on the horrors so that it can truly be Never Again!

Monday, 15 June 2009

World Leaders at the Saatchi Gallery

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu have produced 'Old Person's Home' which is currently being shown at the Saatchi Gallery in London. I thought this was an amusing piece and highly realistic. The characters resemble world leaders in their old age who randomly crash into one another.

Banksy's Latest Stunt

This is the latest stunt by Banksy. He has opened an exhibition of his work in Bristol's Museum. Still not revealing his identity the whole exhibition was kept a secret from the council and the general public until it opened this week. Banksy is responsible for his stunts on painting the West Bank Barrier and also for putting inflatable Guantanamo Bay prisoners at DisneyLand. He certainly is one of the most controversial artists of our time.