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18 February 2011 @ 10:10 am
My Private Life with Colin Morgan  
I'm sorry it's been a few days, and really I ought to squee about it, because it is fantastic, and Colin is brilliant in it, but I let myself down on opening night, which is why it's taken a day or two to get around to it :) I didn't let myself down in a massive way, just cocked up the tickets I bought, so instead of buying 11th Feb, I apparently bought 11th March. Doh! So there I was - and believe me the staff at the Royal Court are lovely - unable to get a ticket but very kindly being allowed to sit on a bar stool outside the auditorium and watch the play on the monitor. It was grainy and b&w, but I got good sound :)

I have since been back to see it properly, and can therefore review, at least briefly, since there have been loads of good reviews already!

It's not an easy play, and only just counts as the dark comedy it's billed as - it's quite harsh really, and you laugh, but then feel guilty that you are laughing, because it's a play about paedophilia, mostly. And dysfunctional families.

But let's squee first. Colin plays Carlos, who is a vegetarian, gay, bi-polar compulsive fantasist! You couldn't make it up :) I want to write for Carlos, if I thought anyone would be interested enough. He's got a lovely sly wit, and I have to say *iz shallow* Colin is ridiculously hot in his brown skinny jeans and longer, messier, curlier hair. He has a bit of beard scruff too. I am a bad woman.

As for the rest - think all the cast are brilliant in their performances, and it's a rather well balanced play, in that no-one escapes blame, although some are much worse than others. Whether the father is guilty or not informs the whole, and the audience is kept guessing, especially as they've changed a line from the first performance to make it more ambiguous. But you do find out in the end, which I like, because these experimental plays can be quite frustrating sometmes in their ambiguity :)

My only complaint is a small one - the cast's accents are all over the place! :) The Dad is Welsh, the ex-farm worker Tania is Irish, Colin sounds sort-of Mockney? The rest are RP, even Tania's son Joaquin - and considering the play is set in Columbia, I don't see a reason for any accent shift, and it jarred a bit for me.

Still. I'm going again, I may pick up on more nuances next time... :)
 
 
 
prochytesprochytes on February 18th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a lovely time!
Valderys: Merlin - Iz Dedvalderys on February 21st, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
It's fabulous to see him on stage at long last!
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Valderys: Merlin - Iz Dedvalderys on February 21st, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
I am rubbish and vain enough to want my fic to be read, at least by a few people :) So while it's tempting, I shall see...
sheff_girlsheff_girl on February 18th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Saw you there on Tuesday,but you didn't know I was from LJ. ;)
You were sitting in the first row with a few other LJ-ers.
Luckily I sat in the second row so I didn't get spat on by Carlos's brother, LOL.
After the performance I had to rush to catch the coach, but did you manage to meet him at the stage door?
How many people were there? When do you go again?
Sorry for too many questions....
Valderys: Merlin - Iz Dedvalderys on February 21st, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, there was another of us there, that's cool! I think there are more secret fangirls at that play than they realise :) You should have said hi, if you knew we were fans, that's the best way to get to know people, just jump in and say hello, it's the only way! Maybe we'll meet at another performance? I'm next there this Tuesday - so a week later. We did go to the stage door, and Colin was as sweet and friendly as he always is - it was lovely!
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Valderys: Merlin - Iz Dedvalderys on February 21st, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's very sweet of you, but I think you'd have persuaded yourselves to wait, I'm sure you would have done! I'm just glad I had a bit of camoflage, waiting on my own would have been nerve-wracking and a bit stalkery! :)