family offering for the summer holidays is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense
Hunting Of The Snark
”, with a lively cast of six, including on-stage
musician. Great fun, with lots of topical references, although the fact that it
focuses on the relationship between the Banker and his son (a character invented
by writer Annabel Wigoder) means that any grander themes with which Carroll may
have been toying seem to get lost.
|"The Hunting Of The Snark" (photo: Mark Douet)|
The weekend saw a visit to the National Museum of Wales
, and the
exhibition focussing on the Battle of Mametz Wood during World War 1, at which
many Welsh soldiers fell. There is much memorabilia, poetry and art, most
strikingly the painting “The Charge of
the Welsh at Mametz Wood, 1916
”, by Christopher Williams. Also showing is
an exhibition of the work of legendary children’s book illustrator Quentin
Blake which, seemed barely less dark, given his long association with the
morally complex work of Roald Dahl; his illustrations for Michael Rosen’s “Sad
” are particularly stark. Also somewhat downbeat, although inspirational in
intent, is Shimon Attie’s vivid video-photographic tribute to the people of
contemporary Aberfan, which was famously struck by tragedy in 1966.
|“The Charge of the Welsh at Mametz Wood, 1916”, by Christopher Williams|
“Star Trek Beyond
even though its release is tinged with tragedy following the awful death of
Anton Yelchin (“Chekov”), is every bit as heartening as its immediate
predecessors, despite the replacement of director J.J. Abrams by Justin “Fast
And Furious” Lin. Relationships are foregrounded, as the U.S.S. Enterprise,
having been lured to a distant planet, is attacked and the crew separated.
Idris Elba plays the villain whose motivation (somewhat topically) is to
subvert the Federation’s ethos of peaceful co-operation. The visuals are
predictably spectacular, but it is the warmth between the crew-members which
leaves the most lasting impression.
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