Monday, 13 April 2015

The Daily: April 13

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Written by Anna Price
Success for Angela Lansbury and 'A View From the Bridge' at the Olivier Awards
The Olivier Awards, presented on Sunday 12th April, saw Angela Lansbury receive her first Olivier theatre award at age 89. Angela won the award for best supporting actress for her role as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'. As Angela accepted her prize, the audience rose to their feet in appreciation of her first West End show in almost 40 years. Angela has previously received five Tony Awards and is best known as Jessica Fletcher in 'Murder She Wrote'. A View From the Bridge was also successful, after impressing both critics and audiences with the minimalistic, avant-garde performance and the emotional portrayal of the immigration, love and betrayal themes at the centre of the play. In total, it picked up three awards for best director (Ivo van Hove), best actor (Mark Strong) and best revival show.

Children's Story written by Queen Victoria is to be published
A children's story written by Queen Victoria at age 10 is to be published for the first time this summer. The story, entitled 'The Adventures of Alice Laselles', describes the story of a young girl who is sent to Mrs. Duncombe's school for girls, once her father remarries. The story is accompanied by illustrations, visually depicting the actions within the plot. It is well-known that Victoria was a keen diarist, having kept journals from the age of 13, which have now been collected into 141 volumes which total more than 43,000 pages. This story, however, is a rare example of Victoria's earlier writing, showing a child's flair and enthusiasm for creativity. The story was written in a red notebook and dedicated to Victoria's mother, the inscription reading: 'To my dear Mamma, this my first attempt at a composition is affectionately and dutifully inscribed by her affectionate daughter, Victoria'. The story is currently stored in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle but will be published by the Royal Collection Trust on June 8th 2015.

Nobel Prize Winner, Gunter Grass, dies age 27
Gunter Grass, author of 'The Tin Drum' and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, has died aged 87 in the German City of Lubeck. As well as a novelist, Gunter was a prolific poet, essayist, dramatist, sculptor and graphic artist; touching the lives of many through the vast dimensions of his art. His novel, 'The Tin Drum', was a satirical piece based on those who were seduced by Nazi ideals, and was criticized for being blasphemous pornography and hence banned in many dictatorships. However, in 1999, The Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize, praising him as a writer 'whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history'. Gunter was born in 1927 of Polish-German parents in Danzig-Langfuhr and after having served in the military and captured by American forces between 1944, he worked as a farm labourer and miner, as well as studying art in Dusseldorf and Berlin.

Green Jackfruit as the next food craze
The Green Jackfruit has been destined to be the next big food craze. The Jackfruit is the biggest tree-borne fruit on the planet, in South America and South-east Asia it has been noted that the fruit can grow to weigh up to 35kg. Although the exterior is green, tough and knobbly and tastes of a mix between pineapple and pear, it has been acclaimed that it truly brings savoury dishes to light. Apparently, after cooking on the hob for several hours, it imitates the taste of pulled pork, exciting vegan and whole food enthusiasts at the prospect of a fruit that can mimic the taste of meat, replacing meat often used in tacos, burritos and flatbread toppings. In England, this fruit can be found packaged in cans on the shelves of 'world food' sections in supermarkets and in many Asian food stores.

James McAvoy sets up fund for aspiring actors
James McAvoy, BAFTA winning actor and X-Men star has pledged £125,000 to fund a 10-year scholarship program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), his former drama school. James states that 'there are few opportunities for young people to engage in performing arts' and that 'drama breaks through barriers and it can give people the tools to walk into a room and express themselves'. James graduated in 2000 from the RCS, then the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), with other alumni including David Tennant, Tom Conti, Alan Cumming and Robert Carlyle. Applications to the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship fund will open in May, with the main premise being that applicants have to demonstrate that it is financial costs that inhibit their access to pre-higher education drama training.


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