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Richard Eyre —
born on March 28, 1943,
Sir Richard Charles Hastings Eyre CBE is an English film, theatre, television and opera director... (wikipedia)
Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by identifying oneself with another person: in a word, empathy. The arts enable us to put ourselves in the minds, eyes, ears and hearts of other human beings.
I am interested in the gap between what people say and what they think - the undiscovered world of people's lives. Lives of quiet desperation.
We can alleviate physical pain, but mental pain - grief, despair, depression, dementia - is less accessible to treatment. It's connected to who we are - our personality, our character, our soul, if you like.
I can't think of anyone I admire who isn't fuelled by self-doubt. It's an essential ingredient. It's the grit in the oyster.
'Mary Poppins,' the movie, was an object of mockery if you were a student in the '60s, something to be laughed at.