Sunday, October 30, 2005

Probably an old joke, but I liked it...

On Qi on Friday, one question was:

What do you get if you cross a camel with a leopard?

And the jewel in Qi's crown - Sean Lock - replied:

Sacked from the zoo?

Wonderful stuff from a wonderful show.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Too happy...

... about the fact that I now have the internet at my student house... oh how I've missed you... :)

Friday, October 14, 2005

I am...

Which British Band Are You?

Couldn't have put it better myself... I don't know why I blogged this. I need caffine....

Guardian's Readers Recommend

It's FAR to easy to get obsessed with this...

This week, it's songs about hate - how could I not put forward Ben Folds Five's Song for the Dumped?

So you wanted
to take a break
slow it down some and
have some space
well f*ck you too
Give me my money back
give me my money back
you b*tch
I want my money back
And don't forget
And don't forget
to give me back my black T-shirt
I wish I hadn't bought you dinner
right before you
dumped me on your front porch

Delightful stuff. :)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Much Ado About Nothing, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, 30/09/05

Both The Times and The Guardian gave this production mixed reviews, and they were probably judged about right. I however, perhaps just a little biased, would praise higher the parts they liked, and be more tolerant of the parts they didn't.

For example, the watchwomen. No critic seems to have liked this idea, and according to the Sunday Times (sorry I can't find the link) it was 'abysmally acted'. Well that's a tad harsh to put it mildly. Yes, it was silly and a bit random-in-the-new-sense-of-the-word, but I'm surprised the idea has been so badly received. Some of the lines were funnier by being said by women, some weren't. It was an interesting experiment that didn't detract form my viewing personally, but I'd hardly say it was a highlight either.

Then there's the lack of a feeling of tragedy being around the corner. In this production, you never got the impression that the fact that Hero is innocent would never come out - it was just a matter of time. This comedy was a comedy. Some people won't like this at all, I realise, but if its aim were to produce a glorious-looking comedy that was a pleasure to just sit back and enjoy then it succeeded; if it intended to create a real atmosphere of threat and menace in the middle part of the play then it didn't. Claudio was the real reason for this, as he never showed truly deep anger, sadness or, eventually, remorse. Even if the tragedy is not meant to be an important part of this production, you can't just have poor acting.

Luckily there was no danger of that from Sam West's Benedick or especially Claire Price's Beatrice, which was undoubtedly the performance of the night. She's just a complete joy to watch, always filling the stage. The only problem is that she often overshadows everyone else but it's a small price to pay for such a wonderful performance. Her Beatrice is strong-willed and clever, not just 'feisty', and she loves Benedick with the same passion and intensity that she despised him. I absolutely love Beatrice's part and so I loved the fact that she made evey line count. Sam West's Benedick was no playful tease, either, but a soldier through and through. Most of the reviews I've read have mentioned the way he delivers the line 'The world must be peopled' (rocking on his heels as if ordering his troops to go forth and multiply) but that's only because it really is hilarious. As the Times mentions, one of the best scenes in the production is when Benedick is persuaded that Beatrice loves him - perfectly directed and just very very funny.

So, it wasn't flawless by any means, but a beautiful thing to watch and enjoy. And if the phrase 'abysmally acted' can be used for this, I just can't wait for the reviews of Richard II.... I'm setting myself up for a fall, I know....