My Country: A Work in Progress is an oral tapestry woven by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy from knitted squares of conversation collected by National Theatre researchers from pockets of population across the country around the Brexit referendum in June 2016.
A `Sacrament of Listening’ could be the subtitle for Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris’s post-Brexit project that opened three months ago at the National and which, caught now at the end of its UK tour with it’s almost white cast and similar audience, sits so oddly in a theatre normally packed with multi races and ownership.
Miller’s 1949 depiction of the ageing, failing salesman Willy Loman as he struggles to comes to terms with the death of his dreams – and perhaps of The American Dream itself – has only gained in stature over the years. What some regarded as a merely a Marxist- derived critique of the US way of life has come to seem as much like high tragedy as anything English-speaking theatre has produced in the last century.
Ten years ago Susan Calman was a top flight corporate lawyer working at places including the United Nations in Geneva. But she says it was unfulfilling and stressful so she made the decision to give it all up and pursue her long held ambition and become a comedian. Now, a decade later the somewhat diminutive, smiley and very funny Glaswegian has had the success many in her profession can only dream about.