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More “Taking the Flak” Reviews / TV Tip

Posted in festivals, reviews, taking the flak, the royal, theatre, tv with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12 July, 2009 by ambarussa

MORE “TAKING THE FLAK” REVIEWS

“Taking the Flak” seems to be the BBC’s residential Marmite: love it or hate it. For the audience, looking at the conflicting reviews can be confusing:

John Preston, for example, really, really hates the show:

THE TELEGRAPH
“(…) As well as being unfunny in a kind of sky-darkening way, it’s eerily unlikeable. (…)”

War reporter John Simpson, on the other hand, really, really loves it – in the same paper:

THE TELEGRAPH
“(…) Good comedy is always sharp and painful, and this is television comedy at its best. (…)”

SUNDAY EXPRESS
“(…) I couldn’t fault this comedy. Indeed, it was the best satire on journalism since Drop The Dead Donkey and the first time the BBC has been truly honest about the way news is put together. (…)”

THE SCOTSMAN
“(…) A highly promising beginning… (…)”

THE TIMES ONLINE
“(…) What this should have been was hard satire. What it was was racist farce. (…)”

THE ROYAL

Tonight we’ll see if there’s any reason to continue watching The Royal, or if Nick and Marian have been written out of the show. I’ll keep you posted. No Damian, no screencaps, though.

TV TIP

Ultimate Force: “Killing of a one-eyed Bookie”

ITV4 will air one of Damian’s earliest and still finest performances on the small screen. Make sure to catch him as Sean Weir in “Killing of a One-Eyed Bookie” (2002) on Tuesday, 14 July, 9pm.

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Damian O'Hare as Sean Weir in the "Ultimate Force" episode "Killing of a One-Eyed Bookie".

“The Grapes of Wrath” opens tonight (Chichester Festival Theatre)

Posted in festivals, grapes of wrath, previews, theatre with tags , , , , on 10 July, 2009 by ambarussa

Tonight’s the premiere of “The Grapes of Wrath” at Chichester Festival Theatre. Damian O’Hare will play Tom Joad, protagonist of John Steinbeck’sPulitzer Prize awarded novel. The production runs from 10 July to 28 August; please also see the previous entries for further information.

Damian O'Hare as Tom Joad and Christopher Timothy as Pa Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" at Chichester Festival Theatre. Picture (c) CFT

Damian O'Hare as Tom Joad and Christopher Timothy as Pa Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" at Chichester Festival Theatre. Picture (c) CFT

There are some previews in the media for those interested:
The Guardian
The Argus
Chichester Observer
Reviews will follow as I find them. And of course:
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Win 2 tickets for “The Grapes of Wrath” at Chichester Festival Theatre!

Posted in festivals, grapes of wrath, theatre with tags , , , , , on 7 July, 2009 by ambarussa

This website is beginning to turn into a full-time job…

Good news for those of us who are broke (means: almost everybody): the Chichester Festival Theatre announced a contest where you can win two free tickets to see “The Grapes of Wrath”!

GO HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST!

Deadline is 13 July. The answer is “c)”.

The festival also put some pictures taken during the rehearsals for “The Grapes of Wrath” online .

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GALLERY!

What an amazing cast. If you can’t see this production in Chichester, make sure you get a ticket for the following tour. There are student reductions and many other ways to get a ticket without having to take a mortgage on your dog’s house.

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Damian O'Hare as Tom Joad and Christopher Timothy as Pa Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" at Chichester Festival Theatre. Picture (c) CFT

The cast of "The Grapes of Wrath" during rehearsals at Chichester Festival Theatre. (c) CFT

The cast of "The Grapes of Wrath" during rehearsals at Chichester Festival Theatre. (c) CFT

“The Grapes of Wrath” on tour / “Taking the Flak” on BBC2

Posted in festivals, grapes of wrath, taking the flak, theatre, tv with tags , , , , , , , on 18 June, 2009 by ambarussa

As previously posted, “The Grapes of Wrath” will go on tour after its Chichester Festival Theatre performances, courtesy the English Touring Theatre. Full information is now up on their website, and yes, Damian is playing Tom Joad on the tour as well. Quite a cast it is, by the way – Christopher Timothy is playing Pa Joad, for example.

Here once more the touring dates. Keep an eye on student reductions and preview days!

10.07. – 28.08.2009 Chichester: Festival Theatre
01. – 03.10.2009 Wimbledon: New Wimbledon Theatre
06. – 10.10.2009 Plymouth: Theatre Royal
13. – 17.10.2009 Edinburgh: King’s Theatre
20. – 31.10.2009 Birmingham: Repertory Theatre
03. – 14.11.2009 Leeds: West Yorkshire Playhouse
17. – 21.11.2009 Truro: Hall for Cornwall

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In other news: the BBC has announced that “Bigfooting”, E01S01 of “Taking the Flak”, will be aired in week 27 on BBC2. Date and time tba.

Football-mad boy soldiers, corrupt car dealers, intestinal discomfort, unexploded landmines, old flames, impromptu hostage situations, YouTube viral videos and colossal egos all combust under the African sun. There is a story to be told in Karibu – but who will get to tell it?

“The Grapes of Wrath” on tour – first dates

Posted in festivals, grapes of wrath, theatre with tags , , , , on 3 June, 2009 by ambarussa

As previously posted, “The Grapes of Wrath” will go on tour after its Chichester Festival Theatre performances, courtesy

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Here are the dates (as usual, changes are always possible). For dates marked with **, ticket sales haven’t started yet.

01. – 03.10.2009 Wimbledon: New Wimbledon Theatre
06. – 10.10.2009 Plymouth: Theatre Royal
13. – 17.10.2009 Edinburgh: King’s Theatre
20. – 31.10.2009 Birmingham: Repertory Theatre
03. – 14.11.2009 Leeds: West Yorkshire Playhouse
17. – 21.11.2009** Truro: Hall for Cornwall

Disclaimer: I don’t know yet if the cast going on tour will be the same as the one appearing on stage at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Fantastic News! Damian O’Hare in “Grapes of Wrath” at Chichester Festival!

Posted in festivals, grapes of wrath, theatre with tags , , , , on 28 May, 2009 by ambarussa

If that news won’t make the theatre lovers among you cheer, nothing will:

DAMIAN O’HARE WILL PLAY TOM JOAD IN

Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

at Chichester Festival Theatre!

10 July to 28 August 2009

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Grapes of Wrath!
Chichester Festival Theatre!
Steinbeck!
Damian O’Hare!

Seriously – not even flying monkeys and a dinosaur could top that!

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE!

Congratulations to Damian O’Hare – and also to the ones responsible for the casting: I think he’ll be amazing.

For those who go “Grapes of what?” now: that’s the man who played Tom Joad in the 1940 movie adaptation:

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Henry Fonda as Tom Joad in John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath"

So what are you waiting for?

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

For more information, please visit the

Website Chichester Festival

After Chichester Festival, the production will embark on an autumn tour care of co-producers English Touring Theatre.

The Brøken at Film4’s “Frightfest” in London, 24 August 2008

Posted in festivals, movies, the broken with tags , , , on 16 July, 2008 by ambarussa

Finally: “The Brøken” is coming to the UK. If you want to test your luck and see if Damian O’Hare for a change will still be alive once the credits start, this is your chance!

FILM4’S “FRIGHTFEST”

“The Brøken” wil be shown on 24 August, 2008, 4pm, at the Odeon (Leicester Square/West End).

Click here for ticket-information.

Please note: single tickets go on sale on Saturday, 26 July, and they sell like fresh bread. So make a note in your calendar.

The Brøken: 2 April, 2008, Brussels International Film Festival

Posted in festivals, movies, the broken with tags , , on 19 March, 2008 by ambarussa

The movie will be screened on 2 April, 2008, 8 – 10pm, at the Theatre 1 in Bruxelles/Belgium.

Click here for more information and plot

No release date for the UK has been communicated yet. Also, Damian’s not turning up on any casting list, but considering that a critic complained about the “(…) Irish colleague (…) failing to do a convincing accent (…)” (No doubt.) he should be in there. Somewhere.

(Anyone up for a bet that his character will die two minutes into the movie?)

The Brøken: 20 January, 2008

Posted in festivals, movies, the broken with tags , , on 11 March, 2008 by ambarussa

“The Brøken” will be shown at the Festival du Film Fantastique in Gérardmer (France). The movie will be screened at 10.30pm at the Cinéma du Casino. (Gérardmer is part of the Vosges département)

The Brøken: 17 January, 2008

Posted in festivals, movies, the broken with tags , , on 11 March, 2008 by ambarussa

Updated screenings schedule for “The Brøken” at the Sundance Film Festival 2008:

Friday, 18 January, Midnight, Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Saturday, 19 January, Noon, Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Saturday, 19 January, Midnight, Tower Theatre, SLC
Saturday, 26 January, 9:15pm, Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City

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