Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The words of Victor Hugo

“...Can human nature be so entirely transformed inside and out? Can man be made wicked by man? Can a soul be so completely changed by its destiny, and turn evil when its fate is evil? Can the heart become distorted, contract incurable deformities and incurable infirmities, under the pressure of disproportionate grief, like the spinal column under a low ceiling? Is there not in every human soul a primitive spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world and immortal in the next, which can be developed by goodness, kindled, lit up, and made to radiate, and which evil can never entirely extinguish... 
Nothing discernible to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.” 

― Victor Hugo, Les Miserables 

I am posting these words in light of the fact I have just watched the ITV show about the makings of the Les Miserables movie which is to be released in the UK in ten days. I have performed in this musical, watched it many times on stage in many different theatres, and each time, fallen deeper and deeper in love with what I believe is one of the most authentically beautifully written and communicated stories there is. You can help a story unfold, sing a song, play the music, and portray the depths of human love and sacrifice, but somehow Victor Hugo has created a small peice of magic. I don't know if the film will surpass my expectations, but I hold high hopes

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