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The Past Is a Tattooed Sailor


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I saw a lovely play last night, in a small theatre atop a pub in Islington (The Old Red Lion), here in London. It's based on a real person -- Stephen Tennant -- the author's uncle, who had had an affair with Siegfried Sassoon and who may have been the inspiration for Sebastian in Brideshead Revisited. But the real gist of the play has more to do with the nephew coming to terms with his present than the uncle coming to terms with his past. Wonderfully drawn characters, well acted, also featuring the "ghosts" of the uncle's younger self, and his mother. Beautiful use of period music as well.


(Interesting point: The Old Red Lion is on the site where Tom Paine wrote The Rights of Man.)











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