The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

When Legends Gather #268

David Cregan, Jack Shephard, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Page, John Osborne, Christopher Hampton, Joan Plowright, Peter Gill, Jill Bennett, Victor Henry, Edward Bond, Kenneth Haigh.


Testify said...

Presumably this has something to do with Olivier playing Archie Rice at the royal Court.
Theatre is generally a bit underrepresented on the 'Slinger so this is good to see.

Vanwall said...

The history of the live theater is deliberately kept in the moment - if ya wasn't there, ya missed it seems to be the unspoken legacy. How many would have been enthralled by a Laurette Taylor or Kim Stanley live stage performance at their peak if preserved on film, or even some reasonable photographs of the same? Yeah, I know, it's different when you're there in the audience, hearing and seeing the actors in a more immediate fashion, but when one grows up where access to first-class productions is limited, it seems like an institutional bias towards an elite or the lucky.

Tom Sutpen said...

Theatre is generally a bit underrepresented on the 'Slinger so this is good to see.

It's not been by design. I'd say for at least two years I've wanted to do some kind of Theater-oriented series on here, but the resources for it (translation: the quantity of such images online) have always been minimal. I could start a series of, say, Theatrical posters, but I doubt if I could sustain it for very long.

Testify said...

Just realised Peter Gill is in this picture. I met him last night!
(the production of Gaslight he directed is on at the Old Vic in London at the moment.)