Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Getting in the taxi.
Full disclosure: Dave is a mate of ours.
Fuller disclosure: The Beginning is simply brilliant!
Taking place in a Crouch End flat in the wee small houses at the end of house party Essex boy Danny (Sam Troughton) has stayed behind. He's pissed. Laura (Justine Mitchell) is pissed too. It's her party after all and she is making the moves on Danny. Only all is not what it seems. Why doesn't Danny just "get in amongst it"? Why is Laura so forward? Living in a bustling big city like London can be a lonely experience and once you've been round the block a few times you don't want to be get hurt again.
Far from being a straightforward will they / won't they two-hander about sexual conquest the play quickly develops into a frank and frankly hilarious discussion about sex, life in your late 30s, the loneliness of the dating game and Ginsters scotch eggs.
Eldridge's masterful writing makes us both laugh and cry as his two characters try desperately to seek common ground.
And the joke about Paloma Faith and the dancing scene are worth the entrance ticket alone.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Phelim McDermott has produced some thrilling productions for the ENO and with the spectacular costumes, an extravagant set, and lots of fire - this full-on production promised much. And it mostly delivered on that promise.
Aida's timeless story of duty, love and betrayal needs a strong dramatic portrayal of slave girl Aida at the heart of the love-triangle and Phelim McDermott is lucky to have a remarkable central performance from the American soprano Latonia Moore in the title role.
The slightly uneven first half settled better in the second.
Michelle DeYoung’s Amneris has warmth and grandeur although we were perhaps less convinced that Gwyn Hughes Jones's Radames could be either a warrior or lover.
Friday, October 27, 2017
"All Kate, all night" was the tag line and in that they did not disappoint. Along with DJs sets were live performances from singer Sky Of Honey, Drag Queen Rose Garden and the fabulous Cloudbusting. We had a lot of fun with lots of crowd sing-a-longs.
There is still a lot of love for Kate out there.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Bridge Theatre is the new commercial theatre founded by previous National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner and executive director Nick Starr.
Young Marx stars Rory Kinnear in the title role and Oliver Chris as Friedrich Engels and reunites the creative team of Bean's previous hit play One Man Two Guvnors (which premiered at the National Theatre), directed by Hytner, designed by Mark Thompson, music by Grant Olding, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Arditti.
Aping a Restoration Comedy the action is set in 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Kinnear and Chris are both great. The writing is funny, and there is a lot of vaudevillian, hammy role-playing, and slapstick humour to be had. But there is perhaps something slightly missing from the whole show though. Maybe it just needs a few more wry jokes about Capitalism, a bit more pathos about the terrible conditions of the Manchester cotton workers that spurned Engles on, or a simply just a few more knob gags.
Overall a great show in a great theatre. We are both looking forward to seeing what else the place has in store.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
We were collected early from our Merida hotel by the ever-charming Pablo who drove us for the best part of six hours from the wonderful yellow city of Izamal, through to the deep watery sinkholes of Dzitnup Cenote, on to the white sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera. Quite a daytrip.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
We departed Mexico City and headed to the airport (which was modern, efficient and welcoming) for our trip to the Mayan Reiiera and the ancient city of Merida.
The flight was a little bumpy (a small leftover hurricane maybe) but as we disembarked from the plane the heat hit us, Pow! Right in the kisser (as Peter Griffin might say). 33 degrees in the shade. Roasting hot in the sun.
Our guide Pablo was there to greet us and as the sweat poured down our faces he explained that we had a day to explore and acclimatise to the city before our touring started properly. And talking one look at our pale skin said we'd probably need buckets of sunscreen, big hats, and plenty of water.
Our Hotel Hacienda Merida was beautiful and cool with a pool to boot.
Once settled we wandered through bright painted houses and the dusty streets towards the city centre where we picked a traditional Mexican restaurant to dine. Weird and delicious we noshed our way through the feast trying to avoid the hottest of the hot chillies.
We then headed back to our hotel to swim and relax.
A calm day before the adventures (and heat!) to come.