Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Some Quick Scribblings"


I've neglected Blog again....but I'm now having a few quick scribblings on the keys again!
Earlier this week, I went to the Theatre Club* for its annual "Play Tasting"; the directors talk about their play choices for next season. And again, there's a wide mix, including David Hare's "Amy's view", "Ladies Day" by Amanda Whittington ( in Victoria Wood vein, perhaps??) and Noel Coward's "Hay fever"....which its director clearly adores......AND like all the Theatre Club directors, her enthusiasm will be extremely contagious to cast and audience alike.
SO THAT'S just three of the six plays and they're fabulous contrasts. And the Little Theatre goes from strength to strength; most performances are swiftly booked up and the audiences provide positive feedback which is usually highly complementary.....
AND A BIG PLUS IS: the lovely mix of actors ages...
Last week's vivid performance of Noel Coward's " Relative Values" included ( amongst others, my husband, who shall remain ageless) pretty Zoe, just 16, in the midst of her GCSE, some lively 30 somethings ( including red head Sophie, who superbly played a brilliantly loopy actress ) and a very stately " Admiral" ....who collects his pension as well as his dramatic accolades...
AND they all appear to gel so well!

ALSO recently: I had another visit to "Zest!" ( Gill McEvoy and friends poetry bash) at a local bar; this session, we were entertained by John Lindley ( an ex Cheshire Poet Laureate) and Jo Bell ( 2007) plus many folk from the floor. Again, there were talented teenagers as well as the seriously mature...and the breadth/depth of the poetry is enormous, which gives everyone a chance to "share", to be encouraged, enjoyed. I hope this little city appreciates Zest.....because it's fun and this time, three distinct themes emerged: gardens, grandfathers and cats!
SO PERHAPS some talented poet can link all three into one clever poem....











6 Comments:

Blogger Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Well, you may not have been blogging much, but you certainly sound like you've been having fun! :-)

5:14 pm  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

I fear blogging takes us away from other things ... I am going to have to consider very seriously taking a break ... now that i am working full-time the time for blogging just doesn't seem to be there anymore :(

3:00 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Vanilla:
Hmm!

CB:
Yes, I see exactly what you're saying.
But please don't lose touch...I like my NZ threads!

5:43 pm  
Blogger Jon M said...

Have to check out this zest thing!

10:44 pm  
Anonymous marly said...

Gardens, grandfathers, and cats... You do sound as though you're going to have a good time frisking about the theatre and elsewhere.

Obviously I highly approve of blogging breaks! In fact, I may be mostly break...

1:33 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Jon:
Yes, hope you do.

Marly:
Yes, but when you DO blog, it makes great reading...

4:43 pm  

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