When life gets in the way. While in the Crikey bunker our best-laid plans flew out the window as soon as it was obvious it was on, we know that not everyone has that luxury — sometimes life gets in the way of keeping up to date with what is going on in Canberra. As one of our tipsters told us, the theatre set in Sydney last night were mighty distracted:

“Went to see the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Present last night. It’s a very long play but started at 6.30pm because it was Monday night. Luckily, as it’s a Chekhov, and two guns had been produced in the first scene, we knew that it would end with a bang. At 9pm, as Cate Blanchett cradled a dying Richard Roxburgh in her arms, you sensed at least half the audience reaching for their mobile phones. By 9.10 most of us were on the pavement, frantically scrolling through Twitter. Heard the news in the car on the way home — thank you ABC Radio. I ran into one of the actors in my local caff this morning and told him that we’d all rushed out to look at our phones. ‘So did we’ he said.”

Is this the time to say, “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women only players/ they have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts”?

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