|Blackpool & Enron
||[Sep. 28th, 2010|09:02 am]
Another weekend, another trip to Blackpool ! But first, on Thursday night, Francis and I went to see "Enron" at the Birmingham Rep. I was dragged along to this as Francis was very keen to see it after all the rave reviews it had in London contrasting with it's dismal showing in America by lasting just a month including previews.
Anyway, the theatre was rammed which is always a good sign and the play was actually very enjoyable. I was worried you'd need a degree in accountancy to understand some of the jargon but it was fine. We guessed that perhaps it didn't go down too well in the States is because it was critical about a period of recent American history but written by a Brit and maybe some Americans found that off-putting/offensive. American readers out there, feel free to tell me I've got that wrong !!
The main star was Corey Johnson who Doctor Who fans may remember as Henry van Statten from the 2005 episode "Dalek". No stage dooring as there was one of those dismal After Dark sessions where sweating, exhausted actors take Q&A from the stage after the show and we couldn't be arsed to stay !! This Thursday we're also at the Rep to see Alan Bennett's "The Habit of Art". We have to make the most of the Rep as it cloases in January for near on 2 years as part of the rebuilding of the Birmingham Central Library next door. It's productions are going to be scattered around the city as a result.
So Friday morning we went to Blackpool and had a relaxing afternoon doing bugger all. Then on Saturday morning we were planning to go to Cleveleys to pick up the Daily Mail from WH Smiths as there was free DVD of "Take Me High" a terrible Cliff Richard but also starring 60s Doctor Who girls Deborah Watling. Interestingly, this film isn't available on DVD in the UK so Cliff fans must have been in heaven !! Anyway, trams were sailing past full and the promenade bus has been downgraded to a single decker so was also packed. We ended up going into Blackpool town centre as the trams weren't as busy and picking it up there.
The weekend was also a celebration of 125 years of trams in Blackpool so we went on a celebratory tram ride and got off part way through at Pleasure Beach but the journey continued on up and down the line for several more hours. It's interesting to see tram enthusiasts are just as anal as Doctor Who fans at conventions !!! The town was packed all weekend no doubt in part due to the good weather we had this weekend. We're back in Blackpool in three weeks time and then spend 3 out of 4 weekends there (again!). !!