Category: Recommendations (page 2 of 6)
I should have written about this before now as I saw it some weeks back. But then again I was so overwhelmed by it when I saw it, I don’t think I could have focused my written thoughts on it. Tony Kushner’s Caroline Or Change is somewhere between a musical and an opera. It is composed-through and that in itself is an astonishing
At present I am doing at least 63 jobs to keep the wolves from the door. One of these is helping out a Garden Historian friend who has a business called HaHaHopscotch, which helps bring the past alive for children through the re-creation of past childhood games. Last weekend we participated in the St George’s Festival in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens organised by the Vauxhall Trust.
Children were gathered together and had various races and games: (wooden) egg and spoon, three – legged race, tug of war, sack race, wheelbarrow race, hoop and stick , battlecock and shuttledore and others. The children were all great – enthusiastic and well behaved and came in a variety of ages and heights. Although discipline is a bit harder when you don’t know their names, children do seem to get along really well when they don’t know each other, and older ones are very kind and caring with younger ones. As can be seen from the photo, this Mum who grew up in Burundi was a whizz with a hoop and stick. A fine time was had by all.
Details can be found here: HAHAHOPSCOTCH
Right – got that out of the way.
It has to be to its upmost credit that the production at the Donmar Warehouse held my attention for three hours as I was very, very tired. I think a lot of that has to do with the intimacy of the venue where you can pretty much touch the actors, or feel as if you can even in the Circle, and a superb cast. Take the first scene. I happily watched it but only got hold of a little bit of plot exposition and character relations plus a few witticisms, whilst remaining lost on about 80% of the conversation between the two friends talking in a coffee house.
I better add here that
Despite having a keen interest in this play with its North Yorkshire setting (I grew up not far from York), I have never seen or read it. My expectations were high as the reviews had been glowing, and I had taken part in one of the Donmar’s Open Workshops on it the morning of the day I had seen it
– and a big plug here for the Workshop which was excellent and a huge thank you to Lynette Linton for running it with such infectious enthusiasm –
but I have to say ultimately I was left slightly disappointed, without quite
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My favourite film, in the sense that it is the film closest to my heart and affects me on a personal level like no other, is Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander.
Scandinavian 19th century drama has fascinated me since I studied Drama at university, and my love of it led me into the theatre and film world of Bergman. In my twenties I had a tendency