Friday, July 23, 2021
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The gorgeous Tim Dunn has got a new 6-part series Secrets of the London Underground starting next week on the telly box. He's enthusiastic, cute, and the series is about my favourite topic - hidden underground stations!
Monday, July 12, 2021
Friday, July 09, 2021
Although my Covid has been defeated (I'm testing negative everyday and I'm probably super-immune with gazillions of antibodies now) I'm still left with a bit of a cough, lack of appetite and feeling tired. Stu reckons this is usual post-viral fatigue and should disappear in a week or so. Not fun though. Even after 2 jabs there is still a chance you can get it if exposed (10% or so). My advice - don't catch Covid if you can help it! It's rubbish.
Thursday, July 08, 2021
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Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The showcase features original and authenticated works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history. Prints, canvasses, screen-prints, sculptures, unique works and limited-edition pieces mainly dated between the years 1997 to 2008, the show covers the period which resulted in Banksy’s most recognisable and well-known works. "Girl and Balloon", "Flower Thrower" and "Rude Copper" alongside some of Banksy’s lesser known masterpieces.
Banksy is of course most infamous for his outdoor art which can be found in streets all around the world. Banksy’s indoor pieces - original and unique works on canvas, wood and paper - have been less exposed and are also on display at this exhibition.
It's not cheap to get in - so if you just want to save some money - yet see the images - take a look below. It’s what Banksy would have wanted. The show is unendorsed.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda can do no wrong these days and this will certainly add to his reputation as writer, producer, singer and actor in and of musicals.
With echoes of the musical Rent and Hair the action, singing and dancing all take place within New York's Latino community. Hot summer days, blackouts, life on the street - it's a heady mix of the trials and tribulations of living in an American city.
Anthony Ramos is the film's star (as Usnavi de la Vega) and his broad infectious smile won us over within minutes.
The set musical pieces are all glorious; the pool-based Busby Berkeley number, the nail shop, the subway dancing, and the dancing up the side of the building being particular stand-outs. The acting is good, the dancing spot on, the songs are all winners, and the singing is great.
We came out of the auditorium grinning from ear to ear and didn't seem to have noticed the 2h 23 m running time. 8/10.
Friday, June 25, 2021
The action is set in a small, mid-20th century bureaucratic waiting room between life and death. The room is floor-to-ceiling filing cabinets, angle-poised lamps, and office furniture.
Every Monday, a group of recently deceased people check-in for one week: they are the guided. They have that week to identify their happiest memory, after which the officials, (the guides) must design and stage those memories. In this way, the souls will be able to re-experience this moment for eternity, forgetting the rest of their life.
The show initially asks the question: if you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?
The conflict, and so the drama, of the play comes from the struggles the guided have in choosing (and reliving) what they think might be happy memories. Honesty and truth can be hard to face when you don't know what 'happy' means. And then there are the murky thoughts of murderers and the unloved.
In the development phase of the film, the Kore-eda interviewed more than five hundred people from disparate social backgrounds, asking them to tell him about their memories and choose the single one they would keep. Kore-eda was "intrigued by how often people chose upsetting experiences".
And so we find in Thorne’s version too as the guided grapple with this impossible question while being encouraged by the enigmatic officials.
Eventually, when chosen, each memory is altered in some way by the guided. An alteration that people often do when they reply on recall. Here the memories are subjectively revised, enhanced and reinterpreted before being finally staged and recreated. These memories are not fixed. They are form of therapy for each character.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, designed by Bunny Christie and co-produced by Headlong and starring Olatunji Ayofe, Nino Furuhata, Danielle Henry, Maddie Holliday, Togo Igawa, Anoushka Lucas, Kevin McMonagle, Jack James Ryan, Simon Startin, Luke Thallon, June Watson and Millicent Wong.
We loved it. It was thought provoking, dreamy, funny, and cleverly staged. And the finale, as the memories are all recreated on stage, brought tears to my eyes. Ironically for a play about death, it is magically life-affirming.