I ended my post Blogging with “Let’s see how it goes.” and the answer is not very well. I haven’t managed to post regularly. Too busy doing not writing will be my excuse. Admiring Gill, Rob and Sally who all manage to blog on a regular basis. I am only writing this morning to avoid cleaning the kitchen and bathroom after a whole day of housework yesterday. We need a smaller house.
I have had three theatre trips in the last month. The first was to Miss Saigon. When it started I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it. Opening in a brothel didn’t seem a very promising start and I wasn’t convinced by the two characters who fall in love overnight. However, there were some amazing dance routines and the helicopter scene was very impressive. Starting the show with a glass of fizz was fun.
All in all a lovely evening out including a visit to my favourite pre-theatre restaurant, Cotes Brasserie. I was going to blog about this too but ate all the food without remembering to take photos. I eat there at least once a month so will save it for another time.
I really enjoy smaller off West End theatre so December was a real treat with a trip to both Jermyn Street and the White Bear.
The Green Bay Tree at the Jermyn Street Theatre starred the son of our Head of Service and was just my thing. Written in the 30’s it told the story of a young man torn between his mentor and girlfriend. It was brilliantly acted and the anger was frighteningly real. Rather bizarre to be one of just 5 women in the audience though. The play was a little Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray, and very popular with gay men. Loved the theatre which was a little more comfortable than the White Bear although it was rather odd to have to cross the stage to reach the toilets.
The White Bear is my favourite small theatre and I have enjoyed everything I’ve seen there – the best being Diary of A Nobody. It’s just a room at the back of a pub with two rows of benches so Twelth Night was quite an uncomfortable experience. This month’s offering was Christmas by Simon Stephens and followed four characters during an evening in an East End pub. Although enjoyable I wasn’t quite sure what its message was but found this interview with the playwright which explained.
Interestingly he also wrote the stage version of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I haven’t seen this yet but Blythe saw it last autumn.
Next up is The Picture of Dorian Gray at the White Bear at the end of January.