|October Shows and Updates
||[Nov. 2nd, 2010|10:53 pm]
A bit of a bland heading I'm afraid but I just realised I haven't updated my LJ since the end of September and it's now November - where has the time gone ??!!
September actually ended very nicely with F & I going to see "The Habit of Art", the latest Alan Bennett play at the Birmingham Rep. This seemed to us one big "goodbye" letter from Mr B but we could be totally wrong ! Its the old chestnut of a play within a play which I always think must be hard work for the actors as they have two characters to play and have to switch in and out of them within a scene if not quicker e.g Desmond Barritt had to play a scene where he was "playing" his character in the play-within-the-play but had to ask for prompts as his main character was asking for them if you see what I mean !!
The next play we went to see was "Inspector Morse - House of Ghosts" at Malvern with Colin Baker in the lead role. This was an excellent play with the nusual Morse twists and turns and Colin was very good as always but I wasn't sure whether he was able to achieve the levels of light and shade that John Thaw brought to the part on TV. He gave Morse an air of vulnerability as well as the bluster. That maybe just because this play is in the theatre rather than on TV so it had to be more immediate to reach the back rows.
Following this was "Doctor Who - Live" which is a heavily plugged arena tour of a show with Doctor Who monsters parading about. Oh dear, this was not very good really and, IMO, a bit of a flop. We went to see it at the 12,000 seater Birmingham NIA and maybe 3000 people attended ! Tickets were £38.50 and, although the show was OK it wasn't worth anything like £38.50. There was a paper-thin plot that basically was that the son of Vorg, a character from the 1973 story "Carnival of Monsters" (a story all the kids in the audience will know for sure *rolls eyes*), was setting up his own Monster-holding machine and had trapped The Doctor inside - who was represented by video clips, so hardly "Doctor Who - Live". The kids seemed to enjoy it but a cynical 37 year old and 64 year old felt roaylly ripped-off.
Then it was to Blackpool to see Kyran Bracken's Ice Party - fab show with stars and celebs from "Dancing On Ice" including this years winners, Hayley and Dan who did their perfect-score "Jai Ho" routine. This was amazing and such a treat to see live. Obviously autographs were grabbed after the show !!
Our final show of the month was "The Rivals" at Malvern. I remember studying this for my A Levels and we did read throughs in class and I always played Sir Anthony Absolute !! Sir Anthony here was played by Peter Bowles and his "To The Manor Born" co-star Penelope Keith played Mrs Malaprop. I wasn't sure if I would find this play a bit of a drag as we saw "She Stoops To Conquer" a couple of years ago which is a contemporary play to "The Rivals" and that did drag a bit. However, this production whizzed along at a great pace with excellent performances. Of course I stage doored Ms Keith and Mr Bowles who were both very approachable and friendly.
Not much else to report other than the above - my computer finally gave up the ghost recently so my parents bought me a new one which has to be a combined Birthday/Christmas present for this year !! Francis and I have started going ice skating on my Friday off which has been an interesting experience. I previously skated for about 6 weeks at school in 1989 so I'm getting the hang of it and no falls yet, although I get frustrated that it takes a while each week to get my "skating legs". We went to the ice arena in Blackpool to skate to a public session and that was even more intimidating as everyone else in the session were clearly pros practicing for Hot Ice or Kyran Bracken's show !!! I'm very organised for Christmas - I'm determined that EVERYTHING will be done by the beginning of December e.g. cards written, presents bought etc but as I only work 3 days a week I have no excuses really !!!
November is currently shaping up to be be fairly busy but much lighter on the shows - just one so far !!!