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Friday, June 14, 2019

Living 'A Comfortable Truth'

“I never regret things. It's a really dangerous thing to say, but for anyone involved in the arts, the bad things that happen make for good material. It's not a comfortable truth, but it is true.” – Antony Sher

Born in South Africa on this date in 1949, Sher is an actor, painter and writer who has twice won the prestigious Laurence Oliver Award for his acting on the stage.  He also has appeared in many movies and on TV, and written numerous novels, essays, memoirs and scripts for both the stage and screen.   

Among Sher’s best-known books are the memoirs Year of the King and Woza Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus in South Africa; his autobiography Beside Myself; and the novels Middlepost, Cheap Lives and The Feast.
                                  Among his many award-winning plays are Primo – also adapted as a film – and The Giant, portraying Michelangelo at the time of the creation of his masterpiece sculpture David, along with fellow artist Leonardo da Vinci and their mutual apprentice Vito.   

Awarded several honorary degrees and named by the Queen as a Knight Commander of the British Empire (for his lifetime contributions to the arts), Sher said he focuses his work on and about people.   “When I'm painting and drawing I only do people,” he said.  “Acting is obviously portraiture - and writing is as well.”

Writer’s Moment with a friend at http://writersmoment.blogspot.com

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