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first_img4/5 BURTON TAYLORTUESDAY-SATURDAY, 7.30PM ‘Babies grow in rubbish,’ states Michael matter-of-factly, explaining how he found a baby on a trash heap, named it Debris and began to care for it. Unlike much of the dusty drama that finds its way onto the stages of Oxford theatres, Debris is a modern play written in 2004 by up-and-coming playwright David Kelly. The play explores the lives of dysfunctional siblings Michael and Michelle, who have a drunken, abusive father and a dead mother. Debris portrays people whose lives are thwarted by their difficult and dysfunctional surroundings. Director Will Maynard has chosen a difficult play, full of lyrical flights and unexpected imagery, and navigates it brilliantly. Despite sometimes tipping into the bizarre or sentimental, the overall result is an intelligently directed, insightfully acted play. This is even more impressive given the inexperienced cast. Michael, played by Matt Malby, has all the nervous, gangly energy of a teenage boy. He really comes alive when discovering the baby; this is awkward teenage tenderness at its most powerful, a deep instinct to protect coming through excellently. Michelle, played by Sarah Milne-Das, is a more balanced character and, although sometimes bland, has flights of anger and fear which are both believable and passionate. Audiences could be bemused by lines like ‘Plant child sucking death through a potato tongue,’ and although Milne-Das does her best, sometimes the bizarre imagery doesn’t quite work. What does, though, is the pair’s poignant relationship as siblings, caught between love and hatred as only siblings can be. This could have been a soap-opera abusive-home scenario, but instead, the play becomes a moving, often surprising, tale of the love and tenderness which can struggle out from tiny cracks in rubbish heaps. By Elen Griffithslast_img read more

Arsenal board told Matteo Guendouzi they don’t want to sell him in meeting

first_imgArteta dropped Guendouzi (Picture: Getty)However, Arteta did suggest any player who didn’t come on board with his thinking could leave.‘As I said in the press conference [on Thursday night], whatever internal issues we have we will deal with them privately and I am never going to make any of that public,’ he said.‘All the players that are here, I am counting on them. If they want on the boat, they are more than welcome and that’s always my mindset. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I am here to help all of them, to improve individually and collectively and that is my job.’Guendouzi was signed by former boss Unai Emery from Lorient and it is not the first time he has clashed with Arteta.The Gunners coach dropped Guendouzi in February after being left unimpressed with his attitude during Arsenal’s warm weather training camp in Dubai.Manchester United are tracking developments at Arsenal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interested in signing Guendouzi.Arsenal’s win over the Saints is their first since the Premier League restart and the Gunners take on Sheffield United on Sunday in the FA Cup in their next game.MORE: Mikel Arteta refuses to guarantee Matteo Guendouzi will remain at ArsenalMORE: Willian speaks out on Chelsea future amid transfer interest from Manchester United and ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Coral BarrySaturday 27 Jun 2020 4:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Guendouzi wants out of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Matteo Guendouzi’s transfer request was immediately turned down by Arsenal chiefs when the midfielder met with the club earlier this week, reports say.Mikel Arteta disciplined Guendouzi for his actions in the defeat to Brighton, where he reportedly taunted opponents through out the game and grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat.The FA declined to take further action against Guendouzi, but Arteta axed the Frenchman completely from the squad that beat Southampton on Thursday.Guendouzi, 21, met with Arsenal chiefs this week to discuss his future and told them he wanted to leave the club.ADVERTISEMENTESPN claim Guendouzi is wary about regular playing time, but he received an immediate no from officials in the room.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe board told Guendouzi they have no intention or desire to sell him and reiterated their feeling that he would become a great player at the Emirates.Arteta was pressed on Guendouzi’s absence after his side’s victory over Southampton, but the Arsenal boss refused to make any concrete statement. Advertisement Comment Arsenal board told Matteo Guendouzi they don’t want to sell him in meetinglast_img read more