Sunday, 27 January 2013

Last 10 things seen at the theatre: #031

4th to 26th January.

List the last 10 things you saw at the theatre in order:
1. Rough Cuts: Searched (Royal Court)
2. Salad Days (Riverside Studios)
3. In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court)
4. Cinderella (St James)
5. Rough Cuts: Bytes (Royal Court)
6. Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse)
7. The Mouse and His Child (Royal Shakespeare Theatre)
8. The Master and Margarita (Barbican)
9. Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory)
10. Feathers in the Snow (Southwark Playhouse)

Who was the best performer in number one (Rough Cuts: Searched)?
As this was merely a small selection of scenes from a work that appears to be very early in the writing stages, I really don't feel it's fair to single out a performer, even though it was a bloody brilliant cast, most of whom I've seen do excellent work in other plays.

Why did you go to see number two (Salad Days)?
Because it is pure unadulterated joy! What stone-hearted golem could possibly resist!

Can you remember a line/lyric from number three (In the Republic of Happiness) that you liked?
"I was angry with my partner's cat" remains a particular favourite in a play that had a rather large number of memorable and quotable lines.

What would you give number four (Cinderella) out of ten?
10! No point having a "ten" option if you're not going to use it, and it was WONDERFUL!

Was there someone hot in number five (Rough Cuts: Bytes)?
Al Weaver is growing into himself very nicely.

What was number six (Julius Caesar) about?
A cheery thumb-bite at all-male productions and the lack of brilliant roles for ladies of a certain age in general.

Who was your favourite actor in number seven (The Mouse and His Child)?
Oh, it has to be Julia Innocenti! Even if you didn't warm to Ralphie for whatever reason, she was ace as Mrs Crow!

What was your favourite bit in number eight (The Master and Margarita)?

Would you see number nine (Merrily We Roll Along) again?
Maybe! The Chocolate Factory hasn't half priced itself out of my budget though.

What was the worst thing about number ten (Feathers in the Snow)?
That it was my last visit to a beloved theatre before it relocates for five years then returns but almost certainly in a different form.

Which was best?
Cinderella! And Salad Days, and The Master and Margarita.

Which was worst?
Gosh, that's an unfair question. I'm just going to have to daintily side-step it today, I'm afraid.

Did any make you cry?
Salad Days, Cinderella, and Merrily We Roll Along fo sho.

Did any make you laugh?
Salad Days, In the Republic of Happiness, Cinderella, The Mouse and His Child, The Master and Margarita, and Feathers in the Snow.

Which roles would you like to play in any of them?
Well any role in Salad Days would be acceptable, as would probably any role in Merrily We Roll Along. Or any role in Cinderella or, indeed, any role in In the Republic of Happiness. They just all seem like great shows to be in.

Which one did you have best seats for?
Salad Days and Merrily We Roll Along. The front row is not to be underestimated.

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