4/5 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 Griffiths
And no one could accuse 22-year-old Vunipola of not taking his opportunity. He has proved a pillar of strength for Gatland so far on tour, especially with Vunipola’s fellow looseheads Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins now back home after being sidelined due to injuries. Vunipola only made his England debut last November, yet consistency and maturity have highlighted the New Zealand-born prop’s performances Down Under, building impressively towards a likely Lions Test debut in Brisbane. “Every chance you get to pull on the red Lions jersey is a chance to play for the Test side. This game on Saturday is no different, you just go out there and play the same game,” he said. “I have been pleased to get three games in a row. I’ve had more chances than most players. The coaches seem happy with what I am doing so far, but obviously, there is still room to improve and I need a good performance on Saturday. “Every player wants to be in the Tests. I knew with Gethin and Cian here, two solid Test props, that I had my work cut out. I knew I would have to work hard to push for the Test team. “Working with Graham Rowntree (Lions and England forwards coach) has been helpful here – he has been a mentor for me since I was 18 – and being out here also with class players you can’t help but learn off them.” Press Association Mako Vunipola looks set to complete a remarkable eight-month rise from international rookie to British and Irish Lions Test prop next week. The Saracens forward will pack down against New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday as part of what could be Lions head coach Warren Gatland’s pack for a first Test showdown with Australia seven days later. The forward unit this weekend – Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Adam Jones, Alun-Wyn Jones, Paul O’Connell, Tom Croft, Sam Warburton and Jamie Heaslip – has a distinct Test match feel about it.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis12th Grade families are welcome to attend a FAFSA application night.Tuesday night members from Alpena Public Schools, ACC, and the Alpena Career and College Access Network will be on site at Alpena High School to assets students and their parents who need help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.The meeting will be located in the D House computer lab from 6 pm until 8 pm.If you plan on attending, parents and students are asked to bring their federal 1040 tax forms, W2 statements, disability income statements, and child support paid and received information.Students are encouraged to register online in advance at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htmFamilies can get a head start on the information and application by logging onto www.fafsa.gov.If you have any questions, call AHS counseling office at 989-358-5217.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena community college, Alpena High School, College, Education, FAFSAContinue ReadingPrevious Besser Museum Holds Private Donor Reception to Thank the Community and Open Improved PlanetariumNext Miss Sunrise Side and Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen Declare 2016 Winners