"Where's your grandpa right now?" "In the trunk of our car..."
Yesterday afternoon I finally saw a matinee of 'Little Miss Sunshine', my 35th show of the year, in London. I haven't seen the film yet (but I am planning to in the next couple of days), but I think this is the musical adaption I never knew I needed...
This evening I (finally) saw a production of 'The Last Five Years' at one of my local theatres and, well, it's been a while since I've been so... Mixed about a show.
'Good songs well performed, for a minimal budget show, it looked fine, but there were moments where the music was louder than the actress playing Cathy...
'As it was 78minutes straight-through, it did feel a little short (had I known I'd have headed to Guildford early to watch a film beforehand to make my time over there 'worth it'), but I enjoyed it adequately, I guess? 'Will definitely be watching the film-adaption with Anna Kendrick in a week or two though
Today I saw my 45th show of the year (Jesus...), 'Death Of A Salesman', at the Young Vic in London. Ignoring the fact that my, um, rear-end got rather numb throughout, I enjoyed it enough, I guess? It was nice to finally see Sharon Clark in something, it's just... Throughout the two-and-three-quarter hour runtime, the woman next to me would. Not. Stop. Effing. Sniffing! =_=
For the 30 year anniversary of the company I now work for, our boss invited all staff to a local open air theatre- for free food and a show. The show was a German comedy drama about generation conflict- some aging old time hippies moving into a flat next to some young career driven law students. German humour can often be a bit of an acquired taste, but I actually enjoyed the show. It made me remember how much I actually enjoy theatre. The actors were doing a good job and people had a good laugh. It was nothing overly sophisticated/ clever or something I would usually choose to watch, but it was great as a change of pace for me and something different. Plus, it was for free. There are certainly worse ways to spend an evening.
As we're on holiday at the minute, this evening I took my parents to see 'Come From Away' at Atlanta (my second time seeing it this year). 'Not sure how my father found it, but my mother certainly loved it!
'Have just got home from seeing Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare's version of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" at my local theatre and absolutely loved it! (To get in the 'mood' of it, I might have had a whisky & coke during the interval )
Having sex with Puck twice, 'chasing' after Hermia & Helena and making out with Demetrius (after fondling his coin-purse). Who knew that Lysander was such a little slut?...
I went and saw two plays at the Pop-Up Globe this week. It completed my viewing of all the plays in their repertoire. They did A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Measure For Measure and Twelfth Night. None of them were brilliant (except maybe Twelfth Night which was hilarious) but they were all very good and they all tried to avoid the trap of producing a museum piece and created something relevant and modern with its own ideas or take on the text.
I loved all of them: for those who don’t live in the Antipodes or have no interest in theatre, the Pop-Up Globe is a traveling reconstruction of the Globe theatre that performs Shakespeare’s plays in an environment close to what the public in Shakespeare’s day would have been in. It’s a New Zealand-based project that has travelled over to Australia for a while.
All the plays were great fun. It’s a mostly young cast but they are a true ensemble and work brilliantly together and make it a fantastic experience for the audience who are often involved in the proceedings as well. They do take a few liberties (there’s a couple of references to local politics, a few deliberate anachronisms (in Hamlet, most characters were wearing something approaching generic period dress but Polonius was wandering around with a mobile phone (which was the cause of him being discovered by Hamlet behind the arras) and it is quite a lot more sweary than i remember Shakespeare being) and a reasonable amount of improv with the audience or - as was the case when I saw Hamlet - the weather. But this just added to the atmosphere: it was the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in years.