Sunday, 18 March 2012

Last 10 things seen at the theatre: #016

3rd to 17th March.

List the last 10 things you saw at the theatre in order:
1. The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse)
2. She Stoops to Conquer (National; Olivier)
3. Can We Talk About This? (National; Lyttelton)
4. The Awkward Squad (Arts)
5. Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National; Cottesloe)
6. Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse)
7. King Lear (Tobacco Factory)
8. The King's Speech (Richmond Theatre)
9. The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida)
10. Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse)

Who was the best performer in number one (The Recruiting Officer)?
They were pretty much all superb, to be honest. However, much as I am desperately in love with Nancy Carroll, and much as I am tempted to go for Stuart Ward as a guitar-playing wildcard, for the sake of the meme I am going with the brilliant Rachael Stirling.

Why did you go to see number two (She Stoops to Conquer)?
John Heffernan.

Can you remember a line/lyric from number three (Can We Talk About This?) that you liked?
It wasn't really that kind of show. Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of words, but it was all rather in a documentary style. Words-wise, anyway.

What would you give number four (The Awkward Squad) out of ten?
Let's be a devil and chuck it a 9! It rang my bell and was extremely good besides.

Was there someone hot in number five (Moon on a Rainbow Shawl)?
There were some lovely ladies in this one, particularly Martina Laird and Jade Anouka.

What was number six (Floyd Collins) about?
A man who got stuck in a cave, and the plucky young cub reporter who resolved to get him out. Also there is banjo. IT'S WONDERFUL.

Who was your favourite actor in number seven (King Lear)?

What was your favourite bit in number eight (The King's Speech)?
Any bit with Myrtle Logue (Charlotte Randle), to the point that if it were down to me, I'd restructure the entire play as a series of anecdotes recounted by Lionel to Myrtle, acted out by the necessary actors while Myrtle remained onstage the whole time, alternately impressed by and despairing of her husband. I suspect it would have been a MUCH better play that way.

Would you see number nine (The House of Bernarda Alba) again?
I'd see another production of it, but I'm satisfied to have seen this production only the once.

What was the worst thing about number ten (Floyd Collins)?
The only thing - literally the ONLY thing - was the sound balance. Some of the lyrics were harder to hear than others. Not a problem for me, but potentially alienating for anyone who hadn't loved it for years.

Which was best?
Floyd Collins! And an honourable mention for The Recruiting Officer.

Which was worst?
Probably The King's Speech. Some excellent performances, but they were not helped by the oddly-structured and rather weak script.

Did any make you cry?
Floyd Collins, and The Awkward Squad.

Did any make you laugh?
The Recruiting Officer, She Stoops to Conquer, and The Awkward Squad.

Which roles would you like to play in any of them?
Ooh, two of my dream roles in this batch! Regan in King Lear and, my number one ultimate dream role, Nellie in Floyd Collins. I'd be interested in The Recruiting Officer if that came my way too, with no real preference for roles.

Which one did you have best seats for?
Floyd Collins.

1 comment:

  1. Hello!

    Do let us know if you can make it...

    The Courtyard Theatre is pleased to invite you to a staged reading of ‘Einstein’s Daughter’ by Rob Johnston, winner of The King’s Cross Award for New Writing 2011, at 1pm on Thursday 19th April 2012.

    The Courtyard Theatre

    proudly presents:

    The King’s Cross Award for New Writing 2011

    You are cordially invited to a staged reading of the winning play, Einstein’s Daughter by Rob Johnston on:

    Thursday 19th April at 1pm


    The Courtyard Theatre

    Bowling Green Walk

    40 Pitfield StreetLondon

    N1 6EU

    Please RSVP to

    Isabelle Gill 020 7739 6868

    Rob Johnston and the judging panel will be available for interview via email and telephone before and on the day of the reading.

    Refreshments will be provided before and after the reading.