first_imgMary Stuart, 18 to 22 October, O’Reilly: Elizabeth I is something of a favourite monarch among the English today, remembered not least thanks to our Elizabeth II, with only Henry VIII ranking higher in popularity stakes. Mary Stuart, on the other hand, is a somewhat less well-defined character, forever to be confused with that other Catholic, Bloody Mary (Tudor). Of course, it’s a forgotten irony that Mary provided the heir to the English throne where Elizabeth famously failed, in the form of James I. In a way, Mary succeeded, finally.A strong sense of this historical irony pervades the play, and this production draws on it cleverly. Gambolling within sight of France’s shores, Mary Stuart’s (Heather Oliver) breathless excitement at her restored freedom comes to express at once intense joy and acute panic, since this very same freedom embroils her in a dreaded face-off with Elizabeth (Cliodhna McAllister). The glee of Mortimer’s (William Blair) romantic intimacies with Mary is fed on their dark court intrigues and murderous conspiracy.The perennial conflict climaxes in a pleasing directional touch where, in the third act, the royal rivals battle it out in a circling tete-a-tete contest of head and heart. Every action in this play denotes a motive that belies it: no string serves at a loose end in this world bound thick with double-sidedness. At times not just Mary, but all characters appear to deserve the name “viper”. The choice of costume challenges the moral preconceptions of today’s audience in this respect, by dressing Mary in blue and Elizabeth in a lush, serpent green reminiscent of Eve.The production’s deliberately conventional values (no African relocations here) are in keeping with the play’s 1800 German provenance. Schiller makes fairly rigorous historical demands of his audience: expect to hear the names Babington, Anjou and Burleigh fired in quick succession, for instance. Still, such minor hindrances form a necessary part of the contemporary Elizabethan realpolitik that still plays so very large an equivalent part today. In light of Channel 4’s recent and extremely popular historical drama glorifying Elizabeth I, this production might offer a fascinating and alternative portrayal of this period in English royal history.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

FIFA ban: Siasia to file N36.4m appeal

first_imgRelatedPosts Gov. Diri sues for understanding over Bayelsa, Rivers boundary dispute Police foil kidnap attempt of Medical Doctor in Bayelsa Coastal erosion, flood threaten Federal Polytechnic— Rector Embattled former Super Eagles’ coach, Samson Siasia, is prepared to appeal his life ban at the Court of Arbitration after his mother regained freedom from kidnappers den on Sunday.It can be recalled Siasia was banned for match-fixing by the world football’s governing body Fifa.He is expected to pay 100,000 Swiss Francs (N36,453,400) by October 10 for his appeal case to be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the Swiss city of Lausanne.In a brief chat on Sunday evening, the gaffer said: “Now, it appears I’m asking too much from Nigerians but I seriously need them in my quest to clear my name in CAS against the ban slammed on me by FIFA.“True be told I want not given the opportunity to defend my self before the ban. “I strongly believe FIFA didn’t also explore all then options to get across to me.“So for me, I still have one more battle to fight after mama’s release. “I have to do all I can to be heard at CAS because being in football is the only life that I know.”Siasia’s mother was released after being kidnapped by gunmen 10 weeks ago.Ogere Siasia, 76, and two others were seized back in July in Bayelsa State, southern Nigeria, where kidnappings for ransom are frequent.Siasia said he was “relieved” that his mother had been released safely.He said: “It’s been really tough but I’m pretty relieved that she’s finally released on Sunday morning.“I can only thank Nigerians and everyone involved in the safe return of my mother.”It’s the second time in four years that Mrs. Siasia had been kidnapped after she was previously held by gunmen for 12 days before her release back in November 2015.—  Tags: Bayelsa StateFIFA BANlast_img read more