I never thought I would join the exalted company of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, two journalists who saw their lives portrayed by actors, but last Friday I did. I was in the audience for a play in which "I" appear, albeit with the rather posher name of Elizabeth Bignell.
A little background: in 2005, I wrote a review for the London Evening Standard of a truly dreadful opera about suicide bombers (yes, as good as it sounds) at the Edinburgh Fringe. The composer, Keith Burstein, sued for libel and lost.
So when I heard that someone from Stop the War Coalition (advised by Burstein) had written a play about the case – and was hideously mangling genuine concerns about UK libel and terrorism laws in the process – my interest was piqued.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
When a Critic Gets Portrayed On Stage
From the Guardian: