The must-seesby Michael Coveney / February 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in March 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
My Country; a work in progress
“Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, and always successful, right or wrong.” So said a 19th-century naval officer, Stephen Decatur, in a toast. Rufus Norris, the National Theatre’s artistic director, who wants the NT to be “truly national,” senses a deep disaffection in the country that goes beyond Brexit. So, in the days following the European Union referendum, he sent a team of interviewers around the UK to gauge the mood. The resulting vox pops have been shaped into drama with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and will tour extensively after this season on the South Bank.