View Comments Finally, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny, Treasure Island, will play at the Olivier Theatre in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Starring Patsy Ferran, the production will begin previews on December 3, with press night set for December 10, continuing in repertory. Directed by Polly Findlay, the show will be designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting by Bruno Poet, fight direction by Bret Yount, music and sound by Dan Jones and songs by John Tams. We now have dates for when the Dorfman Theatre at the U.K.’s National Theatre will be transformed into a pulsating club. The previously reported British transfer of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love, the hit off-Broadway immersive theatrical event, will play September 30 through January 8, 2015. Opening night is set for October 13. The National’s upcoming season will also include David Hare’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Siobhan Finneran will star in 3 Winters, a new play by Tena Štivičić, directed by Howard Davies. The production will begin previews on November 26 and officially open in the Lyttelton Theatre on December 3, continuing in repertory. Set against a country, Croatia, in turmoil, 3 Winters creates the portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive. The show will be designed by Tim Hatley with lighting design by James Farncombe, fight direction by Terry King, music by Dominic Muldowney, sound design by Mike Walker and projection design by Jon Driscoll. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2015 Here Lies Love Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, John, a co-production between the National Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre, will run October 30 through January 13 at the Lyttelton Theatre, with opening night set for November 4. A dance-theater work, the cast will feature Taylor Benjamin, Lee Boggess, Gabriel Castillo, Ian Garside, Ermira Goro, Garth Johnson, Hannes Langolf, Vivien Wood and Andi Xhuma. Set design will be by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Richard Godin and sound by Gareth Fry; the creative associate is Hannes Langolf. Related Shows Incoming National artistic director Rufus Norris will helm Hare’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Starring Meera Syal and based on the book by Katherine Boo, the production will open in the Olivier Theatre on November 18, with design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Arditti. The show is based in an India surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own.
As a youngster, I was fascinated with the idea of becoming an archaeologist. I could not imagine a more romantic profession than the study of ancient cultures and sites. To practice finding clues at ancient sites, I would routinely bury my coin collection in plastic bags, make maps, then get my metal detector out and dig them up months later. I was not Indiana Jones, but I never lost my appreciation and sense of wonder about the people and animals that inhabited the Earth before I did.Last spring, my wife and I were expecting the arrival of our first child, Graham. My mind was continually preoccupied with what kind of parent I would be, what type of personality and interests Graham would have, and how that would influence his life into adolescence and, eventually, adulthood. Just a few weeks after Graham was born, I was taking a midday stroll in my freshly tilled garden. I jokingly refer to my garden as a “prehistoric parking lot,” given the never-ending supply of jagged granite stones I find. On this particular day, I was walking just after a rain, which is prime rock-harvesting time. My stroll, however, yielded more than handfuls of brown granite. Typically I only bend down to pick up bigger rocks found by my hoe or tiller, but at the end of one row, a small rock caught my eye through the rain-soaked soil.I reached for the burgundy-hued rock and was surprised to find an arrowhead about the size of a 50-cent piece. In the hours after my find, I wondered about this ancient tool and the person who crafted it. What kind of life did the person have? Was my garden the site of his or her hunting grounds, or perhaps where he or she brought game back to feed a family? Did this arrowhead yield successful nourishment?After finding the arrowhead, I was reminded of an oddly shaped stone that I found some months prior while planting muscadines. This particular stone was almost perfectly round, about 8 inches in diameter and no more than 2 inches thick at its widest point in the center. When I initially dug it up, I thought it was different and put it to the side, but never thought that it had some history and purpose to it. After finding the arrowhead, I suspected that this too might have been some tool used by people who lived on my 2 acres long before I did.Not knowing much about Native American relics, I sent some pictures off to Ervan Garrison of the University of Georgia’s Department of Anthropology. He reported back that what I thought was an arrowhead was much older than bow-and-arrow technology, and was in fact made a few thousand years before that technology. He explained that it was likely used with a spear-thrower or atlatl. He described the object as a corner-notch spear point from the Middle Archaic Period (5000-3000 B.C.).The round stone was not as easy to identify. Garrison did say that it appeared to be a grinding or polishing stone. A stone like this was likely used by a woman during food preparation or other daily tasks, he said.I was astounded and humbled to find these pieces of ancient history while performing the trivial task of picking up rocks in my garden. Finding these treasures has given me a greater connection to my garden and the early history of north Georgia. When Graham gets older, I plan to hide the point in the garden so that he can experience the thrill of discovering such a piece of history. I hope it will inspire him to value human history and the natural world and, selfishly, make him excited to pick up rocks in his dad’s garden.For help in identifying items, contact the UGA Laboratory of Archaeology at (706) 542-9234.
Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Sarri is closing in on a return to Italy with Juventus Sarri, who guided Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League and a Europa League win, will complete a return to Italy after a single season in English football. Other managers have been linked with the role, but it is understood Lampard is now Chelsea’s top choice to replace the outgoing Italian.Massimiliano Allegri, who had been touted as a potential candidate for the role, announced on Thursday he is to take a year out of football after leaving Juventus.Lampard still has two years on his existing contract, and it is understood while he would find it impossible to turn Chelsea down if an offer is made to him, he is also very respectful of Derby’s fans and the club’s owner, Mel Morris, who gave him his first chance as a manager. Lampard spent 13 years in west London, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League, and Champions League, becoming the club’s all-time top goalscorer in the process.Morris, who started his playing career at Chelsea, impressed as a youth coach at Stamford Bridge before leaving to join Lampard at Derby.Both have an acute understanding of the club’s youth setup and players who are out on loan, which could be vital given their impending transfer ban.Chelsea have appealed against their two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.If Chelsea appoint Lampard, he will be the first English manager to take charge of the club in 23 years. Source: S Under the terms of his current deal, any club wishing to take him is required to pay £3.5m in compensation to Derby and that figure rises to £4m if the buying club is playing Champions League football, which Chelsea will be doing next season.With negotiations and legal discussions yet to start, it is thought it may still take a week or more before Lampard could be introduced as the new Chelsea manager.Lampard enjoyed an impressive debut season in management, leading Derby to the Championship play-off final where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.Chelsea are facing the prospect of a two-window transfer ban but would be appointing two figures with a deep understanding of the club should Lampard return alongside his Derby assistant Jody Morris. Derby will demand £4m in compensation if Chelsea are to take Frank Lampard as their new manager – though there is a clause in his contract which allows him to move, according to Sky Sports News.Chelsea are yet to make a formal approach, but Derby are bracing themselves for that to happen now an agreement has been reached for Maurizio Sarri to take over at Juventus.Sky in Italy understand that, while Chelsea and Juventus have agreed the details of Sarri’s move to Turin, he will not be confirmed until the Premier League club have finalised plans for his replacement, who they hope will be Lampard. Maurizio Sarri won the Europa League trophy with Chelsea