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Letter: Stand down the old guard.

Byline: SIMON WOODS

Dear Editor, - Odd as it might seem it was only when I read Terry Grimley dreadful review of Homer's The Odyssey, From Ithaca with Love that I fully understood why British theatre has become the sick man of the arts.

As theatre audiences become increasingly grey - the attempts by most theatres to attract new younger audiences seem embarrassingly like your dad at the disco. The traditional arts community longs for a barely remembered golden past, unable to grasp a revolution that is reinventing theatre for the 21st Century.

Malachi Bogdanov's production is far from the corporate pap that Terry Grimley says. It makes no concession to Homer's epic text and it isn't condescending to its audience. This is the future of theatre and its time for the old guard to stand aside if they can't lend a hand because the times they are changing.

SIMON WOODS

Birmingham School of Acting Producer of Homer's The Odyssey
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 5, 2006
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