16 February 02004

Douglas Coupland play: September 10

Douglas Coupland is scheduled to perform his first play September 10 at the RSC in Stratford-on-Avon in October. Neither the news page on his web site nor a Google search reveal any more details at the time of writing. Whereas his recent novels have been preoccupied with how people respond to trauma, the title suggests he may be shifting focus to the eve of the shock. There's also a new novel, Eleanor Rigby, scheduled to be published in the UK by the end of the year.

I've been a fan of Coupland since 8 November 01995, when Alex Usborne gave me his tickets to DC's reading at the Showroom. The first thing that impressed me was that — instead of the zeitgeist-addled, hipper-than-thou preoccupations I'd been led to expect from reviews — DC read the introspective passage of Generation X about Christmas morning with the family. But the second thing was that he complimented me on my suit while signing my copy of Microserfs. I'd read everything he'd ever written within six weeks.

Posted by David Jennings in section(s) Cultural Calendar, Events on 16 February 02004

Although tickets for the three performances (on 10th and 14th October) do not appear to be available on the web site (here's the page I was checking), I've just been able to buy a couple of tickets by phone from the box office on 01789 403492 (that would be +44 1789 403492 from outside the UK).

Posted by: David Jennings on 27 July 02004 at 6:53 PM

Do you know if there are any other showings of this play? I saw a banner around Trafalgar Square about an exhibition with Douglas Coupland, but I wasn't sure what it was. Thanks

Posted by: allison on 9 October 02004 at 2:48 PM

The exhibition at Trafalgar Square seems to be about Coupland's Canada House work — see his art page (which also suggests he may have an exhibition at the White Cube Gallery, but their web site is well-nigh unusable, and I could find no reference to Coupland there).

The September 10 play was also performed in Calgary in September. The details are about half way down this page. I don't know of any other performances.

Posted by: David Jennings on 9 October 02004 at 5:34 PM
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