Simon McBurney and the incomprehensibility of archaeology

The Guardian’s Review section yesterday featured an interview with Complicite director Simon McBurney, whose operatic debut A Dog’s Heart reaches London at the ENO in November. I met McBurney last year in his flat, part of a converted piano factory with wide views across London from its roof garden. Over breakfast toast and coffee (cappuccinos cooked up in a saucepan) we talked about his childhood, his family (his father was the influential British archaeologist, Charles McBurney) and the immensity of time – knowing that at any moment his partner was to have their first child. The Guardian reproduced an extract from the resultant piece in British Archaeology. It’s not on the magazine website, so here is the whole thing. McBurney is incapable of being boring.

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