There’s been a heatwave in London, and honestly? This city was not made for such temperatures. Give me a light drizzle any day (but leave me the sunshine, ohhhh that Vitamin D is doing me the world of good)…
If you’re at a loose end tonight, fancy wandering down to Camberwell and wouldn’t mind some chat about Amy Winehouse, grief and maybe even… holograms… you can see two shows for £10 tonight at the Golden Goose Theatre!
Writer/ actor/ comedian Isabelle Farah stages her show after me, Ellipsis, which is about the public and private faces of grief - and it’s funny too.
Today is the 10th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death, and I’ve been doing a lot of press around the event, as you can see below.
I’m posting the links here instead of an essay this time, because I have a show to edit and rehearse for tonight!
Want to know my favourite Amy song and video? It’s all here in this tribute to her from the Grammys
I was on Salma El-Wardany’s BBC Radio London show last night talking about Amy and the show, from about 35 mins in
I was on Mariella Frostrup’s Times Radio show this week talking about Amy and the show and comedy
Selected Amy Winehouse links of the week
I can’t keep the song on my shuffle playlist. Not that it’s narcissistic but I feel like it would come up at the most awkward times. Like, hey, just listening to a song about myself—don’t mind me.
Vice found the real person behind the song Valerie, and she’s brilliant
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Other links of the week
I want to see the Khadija Saye exhibition at the British Library
Comedian Luisa Omielan’s wonderful, painful tribute to hospices, and to her late mother - a rallying cry for funding end-of-life-care better
Watching it struck me that the British press had picked the wrong Simpson in their pigeon-holing of Meghan – she’s not Wallis; the American divorcee for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne; she’s Lisa, Homer’s improbably precocious and rebellious daughter in The Simpsons.
Dawn Foster was the best of us. Our generation – who bunked off school to march against the Iraq War and graduated into the last financial crisis and felt the world heat, and blocked the streets to protest against austerity, and channelled our rage into sentences and paragraphs and articles and books – we have lost our clearest voice.
Dawn is irreplaceable, but we can seek to emulate her extraordinary compassion and feeling for others’ suffering, and to do something about it. She had every excuse not to, but she still did. So should we.
What I’m getting up to
Thanks to London Pub Theatres Magazine for recommending the show!
I’m on the bill for Clothes Horse Comedy at Aces and Eights next week
That’s all from me! Thank you for reading, I’ve been and continue to be Suchandrika Chakrabarti.
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