Monday, March 05, 2007
Dispatch From Budapest
Seemed a big ask of anything, let alone a theatre company. Thing is, when I sneaked a look at the answers, most said 'yes'. I now hear that the thinktank Demos are claiming that culture can solve international disputes, based partly on research gathered from the British Council.
I've been used to making claims about the arts before - finding it sitting in regeneration/health/education agendas - but this is a new one. We appear to be involved in resolving the war on terror.
What makes this job more worrying is how vulnerable we are to dodgy translation. I massively enjoyed the confusion of a Hungarian radio reporter when Jack appeared to be telling her that he formed the Stan’s Cafe as a ten year old boy.
(the great man's own response was "intoxicating"!)