Bowie interprets WWI

horror in new song

DUBLIN (AFP): Irish police arrested a woman reported to be Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan after an alleged assault on a flight from the United States on Monday, police said.

O’Riordan, who shot to fame as the lead singer of the Cranberries in the 1990s, was detained at Shannon airport in southwest Ireland on arrival on an Aer Lingus flight from New York. Police officers ‘were called to meet the aircraft following an allegation of assault on an Aer Lingus female air hostess,’ a police spokesman said.

‘A male member of An Gardai Siochana (Ireland’s police service) was also assaulted... during the course of the arrest.’ The air stewardess was brought to hospital for treatment, the police spokesman said. O’Riordan, 43, was reportedly taken for questioning at a police station, before being brought to hospital for examination. The singer and lead songwriter for the band, which sold over 40 million albums worldwide, was later released without charge. Police said an investigation into the incident is ongoing. O’Riordan’s management company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cranberries singer arrested

on plane at Irish airport

NEW YORK (AFP): One hundred years after the start of World War I, innovative rock legend David Bowie has offered an interpretation of the war’s horrors in an experimental new song. ‘’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore,’ which alludes to the controversial 17th-century play by John Ford, starts with percussion that resembles trench gunfire before growing into a rock beat with a hazy electronic background. As saxophones blare with growing urgency, the 67-year-old stretches his voice to high pitch as he describes what, on the surface, is an account of being punched by a woman during the Great War.

‘If Vorticists wrote rock music it might have sounded like this,’ Bowie said in a statement, referring to the modernist art movement that emerged in Britain during the war that engulfed Europe. The song, available for download, will also appear as a B-side to a nearly eight-minute number entitled ‘Sue (or In a Season of Crime),’ which is part of Bowie’s upcoming career-spanning collection ‘Nothing Has Changed.’

The music is the first by the glam rock pioneer since March 2013, when he released the album ‘The Next Day’ to critical acclaim after a decade of silence.

Deaf theatre brings duality of

Jekyll & Hyde to stage

NEW YORK (Reuters): Instead of applauding, a sea of waving hands rose up from the audience to show their approval as the cast returned to the stage to bow at the end of ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,’ the newest production by the New York Deaf Theatre. The play, which opens Tuesday for a limited run at the June Havoc Theater in Manhattan, is performed by a cast of deaf and hearing actors who use American Sign Language (ASL) and speak the lines simultaneously. ‘We basically cast two people for each role,’ said JW Guido, an actor and the artistic director of the New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT), said in an interview through an ASL interpreter. ‘The show is performed with deaf actors signing in ASL and the hearing actors will simultaneously be speaking their lines,’ he added. ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,’ adapted from the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, is Guido’s fourth production for the company since taking over as artistic director four years ago. Set in London in the late 1880s, it follows renowned British scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll as he explores the darker side of human nature by concocting a chemical formula that enables him to transform himself into the evil, murderous Edward Hyde.

Jekyll keeps his exploits secret from his friends with the help of his loyal maid and butler, who act as the narrators for the play.

‘I wanted something classic and it is beautifully written,’ said Guido, 28. ‘When I found this translation of the script, I thought it would be great and would give the actors an opportunity to do something classic.’ But first Guido, who plays one of Hyde’s victims, Richard Enfield, in the play, had to translate it into ASL, which he said was a challenge that was further complicated by the fact that it is a period piece and the actors speak with a British accent. ‘ASL has its own dialect, like an accent,’ Guido said. ‘There are variations of the language. A lot of people do not realize that.’

Unlike some deaf theatre companies which use just sign language, NYDT productions includes signing and speaking parts and appeal to deaf and hearing audiences. The dual roles pose additional challenges for the actors, some of whom sign and speak as well as act, while others act and sign while another actor provides the dialogue that must be synched to the signing.

The 13-member cast of ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ includes a nearly equal number of deaf and hearing actors. ‘The challenge for the hearing actors is that most of them don’t know any sign language, so how are they going to know when to match when I am signing my lines?’ said Robert DeMayo, 50, who plays Jekyll and Hyde, with Taylor Pavlik voicing the role. ‘You really have to stick together closely so, even if they don’t know what I’m saying, they know this sign and that movement means this, so they match it.’