Yesterday I watched Skye Hallam’s excellent one-woman show, Heads or Tails, one of the headline acts at the new Living Record Festival. It’s a gently confessional monologue about the afterlife spoken by 25-year-old Steph, who has – as they say – been “taken too soon”.
In Irwin Shaw’s Bury the Dead, written in 1935, six fallen American soldiers stand up in their graves and courteously ask not to be buried.
The heart of Bury The Dead is the army using the loved ones to emotionally manipulate the soldiers to ‘obey orders’ – or at least try to.
I’m in a sweltering New York right now — but I’ve kept the heat on for myself with lots of shows and interviews planned.