Friday, March 24, 2006
Anyway will still mean I will have to rely on updating the blog outside of home. Which is a bit of a bother...
Monday, March 20, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Scenes from the V&A Friday 17.25
Originally uploaded by Pauly_.
It is possible to do the V&A's Anna Piaggi Fashion-ology in 30 minutes as there is not much there to see. A wondered why one wanted to see a collection of old (some still soiled) dresses. But they are so eccentric and so eighties so why not??
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Scenes from the south bank
Originally uploaded by Pauly_.
After catching Measure For Measure at the National the south bank was quiet for a cold and wet Tuesday...
Oh and Measure for Measure was great. Fantastic staging and lighting, nudity and more. The moral of the play surely is don't be a nun as you get into all sorts of trouble there. I was a sellout production co-produced by Complicite.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Scenes from outside the National Theatre Monday 27 February 22:09. After seeing the play "Once in a Lifetime" had a quick look at this display of photos capturing life after last years Tsunami.
Scenes from Clapham High Street - Clapham Common Tube (two weeks ago again). Amongst the clutter and rubbish around this point is the old gents toilet (on the left). It has been closed for some time, but would be a great place for a coffee on the go kiosk I would imagine... If they could get rid of the smell...
Wednesday evening was a case in point. Early January they gave me a voucher which was a "buy one meal get one free" deal. The deal came with a whole series of catches however. You could only redeem the offer Mon-Wed between 5-11pm and the moon had to be in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars. The fine print was so amusing that I asked the waiter what we could get with this deal. Eventually after much haggling he told us that A's all day breakfast and my burger would cover the deal so we made the order.
A few minutes later the waiter came back to apologise and say that breakfasts were not part of the meal deal and that if we could use the voucher another time that would mean that he wouldn't have to pay for the breakfast. I was amazed that not only were the planets not in our favour for the deal, but the management were so cheap and such slave drivers that they wouldn't cover a Â£5 breakfast but make their wait staff pay for it. Rather than make the waiter work a full hour to pay for our meal we decided that we would have the common decency to try and use the voucher another time. As for the meal? It was edible this time...
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
- Seeing Stockard Channing and Aiden Quinn in The Exhonerated. It has an extended run at Riverside studios with a revolving cast. They were fantastic. A brilliant play which is staged as a simple reading telling the true tales of people wrongly sentenced to death in America.
- Going to the Australian Film Festival at the Barbican and seeing "The Illustrated Family Doctor", "Opal Dream" and "Three Dollars". Of the three, Opal Dream is worth catching. It is set in Cooper Pedy and actually paints the town as a nice place so it was a monumental feat of film-making and storytelling there.
- Caught Capote which was another great film. After seeing the film one should try to speak for as long as possible like Truman Capote until it drives you and your friends insane. I think it should be a new game.
- I have written another dirty letter to Wanadoo. I used bigger words like "incompetent" and "fools" and "fraudsters" - sometimes in the same sentence! Can't wait to read what their reaction will be. Pity that I have to still pay for their rubbish service, but we'll see.
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Sunday, February 26, 2006
Paul: What seats do you have close to the front row?
Box Office: Well I can give you B14 and B15
Adam: Oh dang you sank my battleship
On Friday evening I finally got to see Sunday in the Park with George. It has been playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark sine November and the season there has been completely sold out. It transfers to the West End in May (www.sundayinthepark.co.uk) but it was nice to see it in the smaller space of the Chocolate Factory (even if the seats are unreserved and not that comfy).
I took M to see it as he is a bit of a musical aficionado; well he has seen Mamma Mia three times so I figured this might be his cup of tea. Prior to the show we grabbed a bite to eat at an Italian restaurant and it was there where I explained the plot of the show to him, the artist George Seurat and the history of pointillism in between bites of lasagne. M commented later during interval this briefing was useful in explaining some aspects of the first half of the show.
I then was able to warn him that in the second half of the show the narrative really does something unexpected and moves forward 100 years. For some reason many people don't like this sort of thing and is the key criticism I always hear about the show. The problem is with audience expectations about what Sunday in the park with George is about. I think the show is about broad themes of art and family and life and the characters in the story are simply there to illustrate this. The show won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984 so some people out there like it too.
The show has some of the great songs of musical theatre as well including "We do not belong together", "Putting it together" (which Streisand recorded and sort of made famous) and "Move on". I read once that a poll of cabaret artists voted "We do not belong together as one of the most emotional (think torch) songs ever written". I would tend to agree. I would also add that "Move on" would have to be one of the most inspiring songs ever written about life as well. The show may not leave you dancing in the streets, but it does make you think about your life and all its endless possibilities. M and I decided against drinks in Soho afterwards as we were far too much in a reflective meditative mood for all that.
This was a fantastic production of the show. The cast were excellent and provided the right balance of humour and drama to the story. Screen projections (rather than cardboard cut-outs that the original production has used) has really helped with the clarity of the story too. It will be interesting to see how well it does in the West End but it would have to rate on my rather organic and long list of best shows I have seen in London.