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Kafka-ish: Kafka @Finborough

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In offering proof that Kafka is everything to everyone - writer-performer Jack Klaff plays various roles, including the man himself in what is a part tour, part immersion and part legend of Franz Kafka. He is a writer who achieved fame after his life was cut short due to succumbing to tuberculosis at the age of forty. He is probably better known for his reputation and the Kafkaesque style attributed to his writing than his life. But after this piece, you’re left curious to learn more about the man and his works. And that has to be the best theatrical tribute you could give a writer, even for a writer who stipulated that his works be destroyed upon his death. It’s currently playing at the Finborough Theatre . Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883. In 1901, he was admitted to a university and began studying law. While studying, he met Max Brod, who would become his best friend and eventual literary executor. Brod would posthumously publish many of his works and writings. Kafka’s life co

In rehearsal: Porgy and Bess

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Rehearsal images have been released for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess which runs at Regents Park Open Air Theatre from 17 July to 23 August. In this production dialogue will replace the sung recitatives, but the loss of some of the original material might be offset by the glorious surrounds of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. While it is unlikely to feel as warm as South Carolina in the summer, it will no doubt feel a lot more atmospheric than a traditional theatre space.

Sneak previews and gospel singing: The Amen Corner

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This week I was lucky enough to catch a rehearsal of the first act of The Amen Corner , which starts previewing at the National Theatre next week. Within forty five minutes it is fascinating to see even in rehearsal how all the elements of the story are laid out. The play is set in Harlem in the 1950s and tells the story of a fiery pastor Sister Margaret whose estranged husband unexpectedly returns. Combined with the antics of her son her congregation is soon in revolt against her hard line leadership.

Scenes from a rehearsal break...

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Well... You are what you eat... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from a Tuesday night rehearsal

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Slouching basses... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from Monday night rehearsal

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At the Roundhouse warming up... Surprisingly the acoustic was not too bad... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from rehearsal

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Crap flower arrangement 101 was beforehand... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

scenes from a dress rehearsal

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It's like a washing powder commercial... Posted via email from paulinlondon's posterous

Rehearsals: the view from the back

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Ready for movement... And two weeks to showtime ... Posted by email from paulinlondon's posterous

at Sunday rehearsal in Seven Sisters

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we are getting sleepy... Posted by email from paulinlondon's posterous

The view from the back row ...

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Baritones rehearsing... Of sorts... Only one month to go ... Posted by email from paulinlondon's posterous

Scenes from rehearsals Tuesday...

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Scenes from a Rehearsal

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The view from the back row... Again... Posted by email from paulinlondon's posterous

Rehearsals: week three

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Rehearsals for the Christmas concert were progressing as normal as could be expected and then Sasha whipped out his fish... Posted by email from paulinlondon's posterous

Rehearsals: The view from the back

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The first rehearsals for the London Gay Men's Chorus started Monday evening... And it was a packed house... The concerts are at Cadogan Hall on December 19 and 20. Posted by email from paulinlondon's posterous