If you have a copy of today’s Sunday Times, then do the following:
- Find the supplement called ‘Culture’.
- Turn to page 29, where you will find a half-page photo of the opera Mazeppa above the headline ‘An audacious act of defiance’.
- Look closely at the photo, and identify the two executioners. They’re not difficult to spot as they’re the two men holding up severed heads.
- Look at the executioner on the left, who is holding up a severed head by the hair. Between his body and the body of his victim there is a head in the background. The person is wearing a fur hat and their face is all in shadow apart from a highlight on their nose.
That person is my dad, who was an extra for Peter Stein’s production of Tchaikovsky’s opera at the Festival Theatre.