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Wednesday December 28, 2011

The Ladykillers


We, like dozens of others, (amazing performance at the box office), could not resist the combination of seeing Peter Capaldi, in such a classic story, adapted from the screenplay by William Rose, and directed by Sean Foley. They must have faced a lot of challenges in creating a play taken from such a well-loved film - not only the different medium, but also the fact that it would inevitably be held up for comparison. However, they did it splendidly with a lot of creative "business", a lovely set for the crooked house by the station, and as bizarre a set of criminals as you could hope for. They had a very strong cast for the latter, in the shape of James Fleet, Ben Miller, Clive Rowe, and Stephen Wight - Capaldi's criminal mastermind was beyond description, and Marcia Warren made a delightfully sympathetic sweet old lady.

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 11:48 PM. Category: Art and Culture.

Sunday December 25, 2011

Christmas Day


We started the day at home with a few presents, and then went for Christmas Dinner with Karen and Tony. Later on in the afternoon, I went for a very short walk across the fields.


Posted on December 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM. Category: Red Letter Days.

Saturday December 10, 2011

The Snow Queen


This is the Rose's production for the Yuletide Season. I think Rob wanted to see it, as he's been involved in a couple of Snow Queen productions in his time - one in the distant past in the professional theatre as well as one in more recent history with his students - so we went along. In fact I thought it was woeful - but to be fair to the Rose, I've never really liked - or understood - the story*. However, as a theatrical experience it was truly nothing compared with the 2008 version of A Christmas Carol (which had shades of the brilliance of the 1980s Nicholas Nickleby) in the then newly opened Rose, and which definitely deserved bigger audiences. [Or is this just because I like the Dickens story so very much...?! No - I'm afraid I think not.]

[* I understand that Frozen - 2013 - is an adaptation of the story - and I would say "adapted so it makes sense"].

Posted on December 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM. Category: Art and Culture.