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29 October 2009 @ 10:50 pm
The Play's the Thing...  
Ok, here's the update for the last two weekends. Two weeks ago I had my theatre weekend. There was John Simm's play Speaking in Tongues on the Friday and John Barrowman in La Cage au Folles on the Saturday. It was brilliant! My first love when I was a teenager was theatre, I had a Saturday job while doing my A-levels, that I shared with another lad, so I earned my money one Saturday and then went and spent it the following Saturday going up to the West End and going to the theatre. Ooh, I really knew how to party in those days :)

I'll be seeing Speaking Tongues again with mathildabj and I'm quite glad of that - it was early in the run and it's a technically complcated play. I'd like to see it again once they've practiced it a bit more. I'm not sure if I should spoil people, so I won't say much, other than IMO, it's a play all about trust. It's also hugely pretentious, again IMO, but I enjoyed it despite that, so there. That's a compliment in itself :) I would say that anyone who liked the Dr Who episode Midnight would probably like this play. All the cast are excellent, which really helps. The thought of this play being performed by sub-standard peeps? Ooh, I think that would mean it would suck the big lemon.

Oh yes, and I got my poster and programme signed. John Simm was lovely and stayed to sign everyone's stuff. I thought that was very considerate of him.

La Cage au Folles, OTOH, I have few, if any reservations about. It's hugely fun, it's hugely entertaining, and for a small cast they don't half make a big show. My main reservation is small, but fabulous - which is that John is quite pantomime as Albin, although he does do the emotional 'I Am What I Am' scene extremely well. I would actually like to see him play Georges, which would give us a character a bit closer to his concert persona but no less lovely for that.

Which brings me to the surprise of the evening - Simon Burke!! He was fantastic as Georges, I think I fell a little bit in love. I know gwene did - she had a little moment, and I don't blame her :) He is also so cuddly in his jumper... Aww. And the two of them also signed everything like troupers.

The following weekend was the Hub 3. I was a little unsure about this because gwene had been forced to cancel, due to the losing of job, and John had cancelled, and then we got there to find that James Marsters had cancelled too! It could have been a disaster, but actually I had a fabulous time. Gareth wasn't offering quite as much fan service, but was still hugely entertaining - and we got a surprise Kai Owen in the skit on Saturday night. His arrival nearly brought the house down! I haven't heard cheers like that loud since... since apparently the last time the Twilight fangirls were in, which is frankly insulting, although possibly true :)

I was very likely most excited about meeting Paul Copley, who I loved in Hornblower, as Matthews. And he turned out to have the slyest sense of humour! He seemed genuinely pleased to be meeting people who loved his work.

Mostly, however, the weekend was made by meeting all my lovely fellow fans, you made things so special, you guys!
fairyd123fairyd123 on October 30th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I also thought Speaking in Tongues was hugely pretentious. I was momentarily tempted at the beginning when they were speaking in unison to walk out. I liked all the actors but was somewhat underwhelmed by it.

If you saw La Cage on a Saturday then unfortunately you would have gotten pantomime Albin. For whatever reason he seems to be dialling it all the way up to 11 on Saturdays encouraged by the day trippers. He's much more restrained (and much better!) mid week.

Enjoyed the Hub despite the fact that it has left me with a killer black eye following my little fall on Friday and a squishy lump on my head. The fact that GDL was rather done with all the nonsense fan service actually made it a much better con in my opinion - I really enjoyed his talks. He's now in Florida in 90 degree sunshine with a considerably better haircut apparently - lucky git!

Paul Copley was very sweet - hed be good to have back.
Valderys: Captain Jack Harkness - dazzlesvalderys on October 30th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
I was glad the speaking in unison thing didn't go on longer - it went on long enough to be on the edge of annoying - but didn't quite go over. And yes, I did see La Cage on a Saturday so maybe that did make a difference - I still hugely enjoyed it though. Caberet tables and I frocked up, although I didn't have enough sequins - I'll remember that for next time :)

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Valderys: Captain Jack Harkness - dazzlesvalderys on October 30th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
Ooh, lucky you! You'll have a fabulous time, darling! :)
Autumn LeCroixcornmouse on October 30th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
I spoke with Kerry yesterday about how fantastic the play was. I'm so excited you all got to see it. I'm totally green! It sounds like John was born for the stage. Maybe hell will freeze over and it'll come to LA. LOL Yeah yeah yeah, i know, not bloody likely. A GIRL CAN HOPE!
Valderys: Rodney - To be or not to bevalderys on October 30th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Or you can save up and come over? Kerry and me will sort you out! And to be honest there are plays I want to see in New York - gwene saw Danel Craig and Hugh Jackman in a play there, 'A Steady Rain'. I was green with envy!
Kalypso: Headskalypso_v on October 30th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
I love Paul Copley. For me, he's still Dave the Joiner in Trinity Tales. All the doors look alike!

I was fascinated to see James Marsters playing a grown-up role recently in Lie to Me. It was a small part, but I thought he played it competently and convincingly, and having seen him do Spike in Buffy, Angel, Andromeda, Torchwood and at a con it was a relief to find he could do something else given the chance. Not that he isn't good at doing Spike, but I don't think it's practical for the rest of his life.

(I think I'll have to fall back on the Tim Roth icon.)
Valderys: Rodney - To be or not to bevalderys on October 30th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh, funny you mentioning that! It must be something that sticks in people's minds because Paul was asked a question about Trinity Tales at the con! He said he had enormously fond memories of it, but that they were hazy because it was a long time ago.

I saw James in that small part in Lie To Me too. I know what you mean - he wasn't hamming it up in that role, which is what he usually does. So well done to him.
Kalypso: Headskalypso_v on October 30th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Well, it was a long time ago! I think I must have imprinted on it as I was about 13. I can still sing the song ("Hug and kiss Trinity way, Just like this Trinity way") as well as quote all the catchphrases from The Joiner's Tale (a friend and I used to chant "It comes out RED!" at appropriate and inappropriate moments).

Yes, JM just looked grown-up, in more ways than one. And it made me think he had a future beyond being a heart-throb, which is always handy.
prochytesprochytes on October 30th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
I would really like to see Speaking in Tongues. I loved "Midnight", and most sorts of pretentious I can live with (Peter Greenaway fanboy that I am). It is splendid that you have been having such a good time!
prochytesprochytes on October 30th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Also, have now been inspired to use "I am what I am" in a discussion of metatheatricality and identity with some kids I am taking through Euripides's Bacchae (which has some very interesting similarities to the musical, btw) this afternoon.
Valderys: Captain Jack Harkness - dazzlesvalderys on October 30th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! It's not often that I can offer help in those kinds of regards so - brilliant! Have you been watching the SJA - isn't it fantastic? I particularly liked the teenage alien who didn't turn out to be evil at all. I want more aliens like that! Did you notice? I also liked the fact that alien/human sex wasn't just condoned in that ep, but positively encouraged - even to breeding! That's better than even Star Trek manages!
prochytes: Lukeprochytes on October 30th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Still not up-to-date with the SJA, alas (do not worry though - Spoiler Sense went off before I read most of your comment). I was tremendously pleased that the BBC press release for the documentary I am in next Thursday was released in the same batch as the one for "The Eternity Trap". Lustre by proximity...
the camelion Poetaltogetherisi on October 30th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
Haven't heard much from you recently!

I'm going to see La Cage in a couple of weeks, but I keep forgetting Simm is doing a play as well at the moment, might try to go see that - I loved Midnight and I have a high threshold for pretention :P And I've loved everything else I've seen him in.

I'm glad you had a good time at the Hub 3 - I haven't seen many reports around, and was a bit worried with neither John nor James it might be a bit disappointing. I'm gonna be at the Hub 4 in April though - see you there?
Valderys: Rodney - To be or not to bevalderys on October 30th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I know! I haven't been posting as much as I should but that's mainly because this is the busiest period for me in work and I've been too tired to think of things to write. I've been lurking though - I'm managing to read everything, at least mostly.

You should really enjoy La Cage, it's such a good show - I really liked that we came out and went to the Stage Door and then we were shouting greetings to all sorts of people we knew through Torchwood, that we didn't know were there! It was lovely!

I should be at the Hub 4 - I haven't booked it yet though - I've fallen out of love with TW a bit, but I think the Hub 3 really brought it all back - even if I hated CofE, all my friends are going to be there!
the camelion Poetaltogetherisi on October 31st, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about being busy! I'm trying to keep up with much of my flist, grabbing a couple of hours on tinternet when I can, but I'm so exhausted at the moment I'm not really doing anything creative.

I haven't had much to do with TW the show recently, but your recs on crack_van have been reminding me I do enjoy it, and hub2 was such fun I was just like yeah, hub4, why not? We'll have a big catch up! BTW, have you got Barrowman's new book? I simply haven't got around to it, is it any good?
Loki: DW - Jethro lick hereloki_dip on October 30th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
*g* Sounds like you've had a lot of fun. And The Hub3 was awesome. IMO at least. I will most certainly be at the Hub 4, if I'm picked to crew or not.

I loved Midnight but not necessarily for the plot! Though I did like the plot, I'm just shallow. ;p
Valderys: Merlin - prettier than Arthurvalderys on October 30th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Love your icon! :) Yes, I do see what you mean about the eye-candy! Although I also liked Midnight for the claustrophobic oppression of it all. I thought the horrible reactions of most of the people were spot on - even if the premise behind why they were behaving that way was dodgy!

BTW I hadn't realised it was the bus thing that had knackered your ankle as well - I'm sorry, hon! It was my fault I started moving us before the bus had come to a halt - but if you leave it that late, the bus sometimes leaves the stop before you can get down the stairs! I'm still sorry though...
chandlershawchandlershaw on October 30th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Midweek is the time to see La Cage if you want to see JOhn play Albin/ZaZa as opposed to John in a dress. He revs it up a lot more in response to the Sat crowd I think which makes for a more pantomimesque performance IMO. That said the fangirls seem to love it and I'm sure my eldest will this Sat (he enjoyed it with Pacey and Norton so...). THe show is awesome midweek. Thing about John playing Georges is that there's no challenge in the role for him as it is much more suited to his own personality etc so its nice to see him in the other role.

Speaking in Tongues is pretentious and I wasn't sure I liked it when I saw it although I have now developed one of those "after the event" affections for it since. You are right though, weaker actors would have been awful.
Valderys: Captain Jack Harkness - dazzlesvalderys on October 30th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see it in the week but doubt I'll have time now - it's a bit tricky on a school night, because I get back a bit too late for comfort. Not to mention I went with gwene who can only come over here at weekends. It's a shame I won't get to see the toned down Albin though.

I will actually see Speaking in Tongues again, so I'll be interested to see if I find it more annoying the second time around, or whether it will grow on me! :)
chandlershawchandlershaw on October 31st, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Midweek is a real pain I agree. It means rearranging my family and about 5 hours sleep but I don't see John being back in the West End for a long time after this so for me its worth it.
the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson: Mini sky captain jackmatildabj on October 31st, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad Speaking in Tongues is worth seeing. emmzzi has booked too for that afternoon.

I'm seeing La Cage for *ahem* the third time on Monday night. And I'm not sure I'll be done then, either... :D