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I’m still alive! I moved last weekend so my time before that was filled with flat viewings and then packing, and I don’t currently have internet at home in the new flat.
My new flatmate moves in on Friday, and I’m hoping to pick up the piggies this weekend. So far it’s a messy, quiet place and a bit lonely, and I have no bed. I sleep on an inflatable mattress which is not that comfortable but I’ll survive.
Tonight I shall see Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud theatre. I realised earlier is the 6th thing I’m seeing there*, which makes me smile. I’ve bought myself a new Theatre journal and intend to make records of everything I see from now on. Should be good!
I’ve watched the last three years of Tony awards and feel ridiculously excited and inspired about theatre. This is A Good Thing.
I promise more about the stage in my next post!
*1. Cabaret 2. Equus 3. Six Characters in search of an Author 4. Hair 5. Macbeth
In December, Mr Pharmacist and I went to see Edward Scissorhands at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, which is a dance stage. I am a big fan of Tim Burton and an even bigger fan of Danny Elfman, who composed the score to this and many other movies.
I enjoy seeing a remaking of a film on stage, be it as a dance show or as a play, as I am always curious as to how they solve the set issues, which is something I’ll write about in more detail in my report of Rain Man. Does it lose its grandness? Does the story suffer? And in the case of a dance show, can you translate the story without any words? As my favourite version of Romeo & Juliet is the ballet version, I’m already a convert to the last point. Film making in itself relies so much on non-verbal imagery as well, as facial expressions and movements are integral to the story, and this is very true in the case of Edward Scissorhands.
The principal dancer, whose name I can’t seem to find on the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, was very convincing as the awkward and confused Edward, who tries so hard and cannot help but get it all wrong. Kim, the “Winona Ryder” character, was less convincing. She was a fabulous dancer, but her character came across as quite bland. A bigger problem was that I didn’t really feel the connection between them. To be fair, it has been a very long time since I last saw the movie, but tell me this – is Edward supposed to come across as obsessed with her to a degree that makes him seem like a creepy stalker? The way he approaches her is to be frank a bit creepy. As for her, she is clearly into her boyfriend, but runs to Edward as a crutch when the boyfriend appears to be a jerk. Up until that point, she barely seems curious about Edward. It doesn’t really scream True Love to me, even if she seems to still be loving him as an old, lonely lady.
But this is not as much the fault of the dancers as it is the choreography, which didn’t really convince me. But the performences of the dancers and orchestra were really good, and they seemed to have a lot of fun with it. I should also mention that there were a lot of really young kids in the audience, one of which were sitting next to us and asking her mother questions all the time, like for example “Why aren’t they talking?” and “what’s happening? Who is she?”. She kept cracking me up.
Maybe I shouldn’t over analyze what was clearly intended to be a light, family show (and it completely works as that), I just wish the connection between the two was more firmly based. In the first scene they have together, Edward suddenly has normal hands and they’re dancing around with, err, dancing topiaries. I read that as being his fantasy, and not something that really happened. Mostly because of the dancing topiaries and non-scissor hands.
But despite all this, I had a very enjoyable time, and recognise that my expectations were probably a bit too high.And I can’t really blame the lead dancer for not being Winona Ryder, which is probably really my problem if I’m being honest with myself.
I need a root canal! Fabulous. I went to the dentist yesterday and was drugged and poked and got drilled on (a win in itself), and it became evident that what was wrong with the tooth could not be fixed. The aftermath hurt like no tomorrow, and I took some painkillers under the supervision of Mr Pharmacist. I still ended up completely zoned out at work the next day (fell asleep twice, once during a conference call. Go me.) so went home at half past three, curled up in bed, and woke up again at 7pm. I feel less drugged now.
The fabulous, magnificent, beautiful
And then I found my Animal Crossing DS game, which has been AWOL for weeks. Not a bad day all in all, if you ignore the whole falling asleep at work thing.
Originally posted on Lostjournal – March 20
I had the fortune of seeing Speed the Plow at the Old Vic on Tuesday, starring Jeff Goldblum and Kevin Spacey. I was there by myself, as the only tickets still available when I booked were single tickets with restricted view. Honestly though, my view was just fine, and they do move around a lot.
It was a very fine play indeed, and seeing such fine actors in action on stage was great. And it was so funny! My favourite part was where Kevin Spacey kicked the shit out of Jeff Goldblum. There was fake blood and shouting and all! Very entertaining.
Tonight, I bought two tickets to see Rufus Wainwright live. Can’t wait to see him again! And this time it will be on a Saturday, and I’m less likely to come rushing straight from work, and should then be able to enjoy it much more.