This is not an easy play to watch. Such contentious topics as Iraq, spin journalism and sadomasochism are not merely explored, but taken apart, and often in painful detail. The script plunges the depths of the human psyche, revealing the more unpalatable aspects of everything from patriotism to sex – which is not to suggest that Guardians sacrifices entertainment for worthiness; the interspersed moments of humour, whilst uncomfortable, are also very, very funny. I almost didn’t dare laugh on occasions when the brutal humour teetered on the edge of what is bearable, but the irreverent approach and complete absence of political correctness are refreshing. The difficult line between the acceptable and the unacceptable is expertly trod by Mark Cartwright and Rebecca Gibson, who managed to command my entire attention for an hour and a half of interspersed monologues. This is even more impressive considering the fact that ‘English Boy’ and ‘American Girl’ are unsympathetic characters taken to the extreme. Yet Cartwright imbues his grasping, amoral journalist with an almost hypnotic charisma, whilst Gibson’s long-suffering soldier had my empathy even as she recounted acts impossible to contemplate. Not only is Gibson’s accent spot-on, but she embodies ‘American Girl’ down to every twitch and shuffle, and manages to convey a sense of lurking vulnerability. The intimate nature of the monologues, combined with the skill of the cast in melding the personal and the political, create an atmosphere where the audience feels like a voyeur, almost implicated in the increasingly bleak events as they are retold. ‘English Boy’ describes visiting a bondage club as like ‘going to hell as a tourist’, and that fits this production perfectly.Director Will Measham is ‘fed up with student apathy’, and as wake-up calls go, this is unignorable. You could call Guardians ‘spin’ of a different sort – counter-spin, if you will – but its versions of the truth are extremely persuasive. What’s more, the gritty realism of the acting and the sparseness of the direction combine to create a production in which I can find nothing to criticize. This play isn’t going to be for everyone – certainly not for those who go to the theatre for light-hearted escapism – but it is uncomfortably good.
The Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation grant is open for applications all year round. Farmers, land managers and foresters are encouraged to submit full applications at least five months before they plan to plant woodland, to give themselves the best chance of receiving an agreement when they need it.By planting more trees and creating new woodland, landowners in England can help to prevent flood risk and contribute to the sustainability of the wider landscape and provide a range of other ecosystem benefits such as carbon capture, soil conservation and biodiversity.The government has guaranteed that any agreements where funding has been agreed before the end of 2020 will be funded for their full lifetime, even in a no-deal scenario. Trees transform our cities, connect us with the outdoors and help to tackle the impacts of our changing climate. That is why I am delighted to be reappointed as the government’s Tree Champion so I can continue my drive to ensure future generations enjoy a landscape rooted with trees. Now I am calling on land owners across the country to help me by taking up our woodland creation grants and tapping into the environmental and economic benefits of planting more trees. The Tree Champion will continue to push forward the government’s ambition to move further and faster on tree planting, with an English Tree Strategy due to be consulted on later this year. He also has already been helping to drive up planting rates in the regions, spearheading the launch of the first Forestry Investment Zone in Cumbria and launching the Urban Tree Manual to help local authorities in their decision making.Earlier this year the government also consulted on a raft of forestry measures which included proposals to give communities a better say in protecting street trees.Forestry Minister David Rutley said: I am happy to reappoint the Tree Champion for another year, and applaud his drive and determination over the past year to champion the importance of our precious woodlands. The role trees play in combatting climate change and improving our health and wellbeing cannot be underestimated, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Sir William Worsley over the coming year. The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has today been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.The chair of the National Forest Company was tasked last year with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years.Now Sir William is marking his reappointment with a call to land owners, farmers and foresters across the country to take up the mantle of tree planting by accessing the Government’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme.Through this fund, which is now open for applications all year round, planting grants of up to £6,800 are available to help landowners realise the benefits of expanding woodland cover.The creation of a Tree Champion was a key commitment of the Government’s flagship 25 Year Environment Plan and since being appointed Sir William has worked with Defra and the Forestry Commission to implement a number of initiatives to grow woodland cover. This includes the £10 million Urban Tree Challenge Fund which was announced last month and will see 130,00 urban trees planted across England’s towns and cities.Government Tree Champion Sir William Worsley said: read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena County District 6 County Commissioner X 349 Ronald McDonald 124 Kevin OsbourneAlpena County District 7 County Commissioner X 381 Kevin Burr 241 Cameron Habermehl 85 Howard LumsdenDemocratic 106th State Representative NominationX Lora Greene 6,736 John Norton III 1,070Presque Isle Probate Judge X Katy Conklin 1,243 X Erik Stone 1,159 Ken Radzibon 956Presque Isle Register of DeedsX Vicky Kowalewsky Darrin DargaU.S. Senate Republican NominationX John James 54.67% Sandy Pensler 45.3%Michigan Democratic Gubernatorial Race X Gretchen Whitmer 52.04% Dr. Abdul El-Sayed 30.25% Shri Thanedar 17.71%Michigan Republican Gubernatorial Race X Bill Schuette 50.74% Brian Calley 25.18% Patrick Colbeck 13.1% Dr. Jim Hines 10.99% All millage requests were passed in Alpena, Presque Isle, and Montmorency County Only one millage was not passed in Alcona County. Residents voted ‘no’ to the Headlee Millage. 1,157 Yes…. 1,980 No. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, county commissioner, election results, governorContinue ReadingPrevious Childhood game could be deadlyNext What’s Trending for August 8 read more
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 1, 2016â€¢2:41 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.â€¢4:30 a.m. Richard A. Boese, 46, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for defective brakelight.â€¢7:28 a.m. Maggie A. Redford, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢7:30 a.m. Jon D. Ross, 33, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢7:35 a.m. Sheldon D. Ohl, 30, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation and driving while license is revoked.â€¢7:53 a.m. Terry L. Drake, 63, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢11:37 a.m. Officers took a report of lost wallet in the Wellington.â€¢3:12 p.m. Cloy L. Tafoya, 58, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢4:39 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block N. Washington, Wellington.â€¢9:45 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block N. G, Wellington.â€¢11:45 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of jewelry by known suspect in the 200 block N. Haslet, Wellington. read more