Last week, at New York concert by Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Roger Waters stunned fans by coming out to sing “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.” We’re very, very close and old friends,” Waters told the crowd. “Loving the show, by the way, Nick. My considered opinion is that you sounded a lot better than we did back in the day.”
To Nicholas Hytner’s strong new Bridge Theatre on the bank of the Thames, with the great Tower Bridge magnificently rising above it, to see Christopher Hampton’s new play, A German Life. It’s a one-woman show starring the 84 year-old Maggie Smith, and what a tour de force it is
While in Minneapolis I went to see Apollo 11 with Nick, Guy and Dom Beken. It’s a new archive-only documentary produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller. It includes 70mm film that has been previously unreleased and doesn’t have narration or interviews. Being an Apollo kid, I was in tears through a lot of it.
While in San Francisco on a rare night off, Guy Pratt and I popped in to see a new comedy play at the wonderful San Francisco Playhouse, a kind of theatre club. It was called Yoga Play and is written by Dipika Guha and directed by Bill English.
Two books have swept me away while on the NMSOS US tour. The first was John Keegan’s The American Civil War: A Military History. The second book was one I wanted to read for a long time but never seemed to have the space. So in Denver I picked up a new translation by Oliver Ready for Penguin Classics of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.