We took ourselves down to London yesterday, WotN and me, to see Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Duke of York's Theatre. It's a fine play of ideas, and full of life and life's ambiguities. If you're interested in the history of the left in the 20th century or in rock 'n' roll or both, you should see it. There's still time for anyone in or near London. Tom Stoppard, as quoted in the programme:
The band [Plastic People of the Universe] was not interested in bringing down communism, only in finding a free space for itself inside the communist society. But of course there was no such space, and the story that Rock 'n' Roll is telling is that, in the logic of communism, what the band wasn't interested in and what the band wanted could not in the end be separated.Being of a certain age, I particularly enjoyed this snatch of dialogue (from memory):
Jan: Ah, I see you're walking on three legs.Some reviews and such.
Max (with walking stick): Don't be misled; it's my mind that's gone.