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Denise Welch admits heartbreak ‘one of the things I’ve cried most about’

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Denise described the closures as “devastating” for the theatrical world. And she added that curbs on outreach programmes run by theatres – for people who have suffered abuse or have mental health issues – had caused havoc. Denise also pointed to the role drama on TV and online has played in helping people cope mentally with the lockdown. She said: “It’s been devastating.”

“It’s probably one of the things I’ve cried about most during lockdown. The sadness of the demise of the theatre industry.

“It is going to be the longest before we can go back to normal work, because of the very nature of our industry.”

She said mental health is a concern for many, adding: “The thing about theatres in the regions, it’s not just the money raised by bums on seats it’s about their outreach programmes.

“A lot of people will be encouraged to join a theatre outreach programme, not because they want to be on the stage, but because through drama they can talk about their lived experiences of abuse, of cruelty, of all these different things that are going on in their lives.

“Closing down theatres will impact on communities, not just those who go to see shows. I think that is very worrying.”

Highlighting the role of TV, Denise said: “What has kept you going through lockdown has been drama on television.

“The National Theatre said if everyone who had downloaded their shows over lockdown had gone to the National Theatre they’d have filled every seat every night for 11 years.”

Denise has become an ambassador for mental health charity SANE. Her book The Unwelcome Visitor: Depression And How I Survive It, tells her story.

On Saturday a programme of aerial magic and circus thrills will be performed over Zoom by a group of young acrobats and performers. 

Garden Cabaret offers a chance to enjoy all the fun of the big top.

Tickets from https://buytickets.at/ thefallofthehouse/398522

Pay what you can afford. 

A portion of profits will go to The Artists Benevolent Fund.

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Richard Ayoade wife: Is Richard Ayoade married?

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“‘Think I’m a nice person, here’s my product. Allow me to be self-aggrandising in a self-deprecating way'”

In 2014, while talking on BBC News, Richard spoke candidly of why the dynamic of interviews is strange to him.

The IT Crowd actor said: “I mean I often feel awkward in life, so Interviews have become a subset of my existence.

“It would be sociopathic for it to be a regular thing for you to do an interview.

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Louis Hofmann: Who is Dark star Louis Hofmann? Meet the actor behind Jonas Kahnwald

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Most recently, Hofmann has starred in Prélude and The German Lesson.

In a recent interview with Arab News, Hofmann spoke about leaving behind Dark, saying: “The last scene was mine and Lisa’s last shooting day.

“We had closure for the characters, but we also had closure for us. And I, as Jonas, am saying goodbye to the world and goodbye to his life.

“As Louis, I was saying goodbye to the character, and I think that’s why the scene is so truthful,”

Adding: “I saw peace in the characters’ eyes. In every single one of them. I felt like it felt right for each of them.”

Dark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s plan to lose snooker match and go running instead: ‘I don’t care’

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The five-time world champion describes himself as “semi-retired” when it comes to the sport these days, despite a clear desire from fans for him to carry on. Known for his unpredictable temperament and audacious views, the Rocket has come under fire from snooker’s governing body for his actions over the past. Despite this, the 44-year-old has been honest about his relationship with the sport, admitting previously that he “regrets ever playing snooker” adding “I’d probably have been happier doing something outside with an adrenalin buzz”.

He has battled all his life with addiction, something that threatened to derail his career many moons ago, but he turned his life around channelling that into something good – running and eating healthily.

But there was one time the potting maestro even considered skipping a match to stretch his legs.

During the quarter-finals of the Northern Ireland Trophy in 2007, O’Sullivan’s mind was on a cross-country race. 

He told INTERSPORT Running: “I’d just beat Ali Carter, had five centuries and one of them was a 147.

“I remember we had the Met League, it might have been one of our home races, I’m not sure, but wherever it was I was going to go.  

“I was thinking ‘that’s on Saturday and if I win my next match it means I’ll not be able to race.’

“It was really doing my head in. Even though I was training with the local running club in Ireland, it was fantastic, but there was no feeling like racing.”

O’Sullivan went on to detail how the saga unravelled.

He added in May: “I told the guy this and he said there was an Irish cross country race going on and I could run in that. 

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“All the leagues seemed to run at the same time, the same weekend. 

“I went and bought myself a pair of spikes and quickly learned that if I couldn’t do a race that was local to me, I could just go and run races if I was in Wales, Scotland or Ireland.

“There was a point where I was starting to think ‘maybe I’ll just lose this match and get home and do the race that I wanted to do.’”

O’Sullivan did lose his next match, an upset defeat to Irishman Fergal O’Brien, although there is certainly no suggestion he acted on his thoughts and gave up on the game.  

O’Sullivan has spoken openly about this stage of his career before, telling The Way of the Runner podcast: “I was thinking, ‘try and lose,’ and I did a couple of times, not deliberately, but I just went for one too many shots thinking, ‘I don’t actually care’. 

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“Then it was actually starting to get in the way of my snooker, which is not great, really. 

“Knowing how obsessive I am, running became more important than snooker, because I valued it so much.”

O’Sullivan does not run competitively any more, putting that distraction from his snooker career behind him as he looks to bag his sixth World Championship title this summer.

O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui meet in the second round tonight, the third time they will have played at the Crucible, with each man winning one of their previous encounters.

Ding left Sheffield victorious in the 2017 quarter-finals, but he has never gone on to lift the trophy.

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