Friday, 25 March 2011

Friday 5: life lessons from this month's theatre

Theatre is not just for entertainment. Theatre can also be for imparting valuable life lessons that we should all learn. Here is what I have learned in March by going to the theatre.

5. How to spell "xerophthalmiology". Also what it means. Also how not to spell "negligence".
Learned from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar Warehouse)

4. Don't eat food off the floor. Seriously, just don't. That's when wacky things start to happen.
Learned from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House)

3. You can't trust your cousins not to stab you in the back. Although on the bright side, at least they're unlikely to do it literally.
Learned from Richard II (Tobacco Factory)

2. The only safe way to interact with children if you want to avoid all liability as a teacher is to avoid them. Hiding from them in the staffroom all day is the only way to be safe, no matter how much you genuinely care about them.
Learned from Mogadishu (Lyric Hammersmith)

1. There is no public transport in Cherbourg. If you wish to travel without walking, merely extend both arms and wait for the friendly local sailors to give you a lift, as it were.
Learned from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Gielgud)

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