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Churchill gets to personify Mrs Edna Welthorpe, a fictional letter writing character created by Orton. Meanwhile, in his monthly poetry circle, Brian falls for fellow rhymester Liz – “at least 60 per cent of Shakespeare’s sonnets could have been written about her” – and inspires the derision of Toby Salt, a Radio 4 darling who gives lectures on didacticism in 1950s Hungarian verse. For those of us who are gutted at the indefinite hold on season three of Mindhunter, this one might be for you. Photograph: Public domain The ‘real’ Brian Bilston – a published poet with a large social media following. Nothing for Crisp ever quite comes up to expectations – whether he is the victim of a PR man who involves him in expensive ‘free’ meals and trips to Venice where every single tourist site is somehow missed, or being offered jobs in television that mysteriously fall victim to budget cuts.

Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston review - The Guardian

To view the purposes they believe they have legitimate interest for, or to object to this data processing use the vendor list link below. I can see why Brian Bilston is such a popular poet and he seems like the kind of person with whom you'd share a few pints. We and our partners use data for Personalised ads and content, ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. His ex-wife has taken up with a new man, a motivational speaker and marketing guru to boot; he seems to constantly disappoint his long-suffering son; and at work he is drowning in a sea of spreadsheets and management jargon. Set almost exclusively in the room shared by the two men, the design centred around the partners’ shared single bed.Administered to sexually by “boys” in Tangiers, he can only muse boastfully on his status as a celebrated playwright. Having made his name as “the poet laureate of Twitter” – a dubious honorific – he published an excellent debut collection in 2016, You Took The Last Bus Home, which showcased his puckish wit, typographical twists and genius for wordplay. LifeLikeTheatre brings the Orton Diaries to the stage at Rialto Theatre, Brighton and attempts to explore the final months of Orton’s life at the height of the swinging sixties. This was an interesting, semi-autobiographical novel by one of my favourite poets, Brian Bilston, based on the author's purported diary for a year. The cast is completed by Jemma Churchill ( Doctor Who, BBC; Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, NewVic Theatre; NATIVITY!

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Most people's diaries would be quite boring I suspect, but Brian's life is just so fraught with calamity and misunderstanding that the banal becomes interesting, even though it's not dramatic.

Taken verbatim from Joe Orton's private and often explicit diaries, this raucous and poignant new production is directed by Nico Rao Pimparé ( The Start of Nothing, 2020; Rainer, Arcola Theatre; Candy, King’s Head Theatre). Only in poetry does he find refuge and relief, interlarding diary entries with his mischievous verses, some parodies of pop songs (REM, Bee Gees, Blur), some of actual poems, nearly all of them quotable. The direction, by Nico Rao Pimparé was well thought through, although some scene changes felt a little laboured.

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Taken verbatim from Joe Orton's private and often explicit diaries, this raucous and poignant new production is directed by Nico Rao Pimparé (The Start of Nothing, 2020; Rainer, Arcola Theatre; Candy, King's Head Theatre). Part tender love story, part murder mystery, part coruscating description of a wasted life, and interspersed with some of the funniest poems about the mundane and the profound, Diary of a Somebody is the most original novel you will read this year. Bilston is a magician with words, but he’s no storyteller; the plot is on the level of a sitcom, as are its characters. If you like wordplay, puns and funny poetry, put Brian Bilston’s Diary of a Somebody on your wishlist. I’d get it down on paper if I were you” said Joe Orton once, the young playwright followed his own advice, and for a period of his short life kept a diary.A black sheet placed on the couple’s bed during a funeral scene provides a chilling harbinger of doom. The relationship with Haliwell becomes repetitive and tired as all we see is the same argument about Kennith feeling underappreciated, under-acknowledged and depressed multiple times.

Diary Of A Somebody by Brian Bilston | Goodreads

The rest of the chorus followed with some impressive character work, especially Jamie Zubairi as Kenneth Williams and Sorcha Kennedy as Miss Boynes. The latter’s spiral of depression, which eventually led to him taking both their lives, is well written, with Toby Osmond’s portrayal effectively showing the jealousy and insecurity that Halliwell felt. In fact, when I picked it up I wasn't entirely sure what to expect even then, only that I loved the idea of the unique concept of it.

Photograph: Alamy Diary of a Somebody focuses on Brian, a 45-year-old sad sack with a yen for custard creams. When you are in the slightly desperate state of needing a book which is going to make you laugh out loud on every page, the chances of picking one up are obviously vanishingly small. Designed by Valentine Gigandet, the set, though clearly on a tight budget, worked well against the whirlwind of action, with faux classical statues staring blankly at the audience. Throughout these years, Halliwell had shifted from Orton’s mentor and teacher to his Personal Assistant, as his partners’ success only grew.

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