Monday, February 08, 2010

" A Quick Trip Back..."

We've made some theatre /film trips since Christmas.
These included: The Liverpool Playhouse for a hilarious production of John Buchan's " The 39 Steps" ( directed by Maria Aitken, sister of The More Famous Jonathan.)

A cast of 4 made countless costume changes, scene changes....which a lively audience loved....THIS was fun and games, great for an icy winter evening....when you kept fingers X, hoping your car contained spade, rug, rations....

The show is now touring....taking in places from Cheltenham to M/Ch ( incl Theatr Clwyd locally, from 22:03 to 27:03).....and it's still running meanwhile at The Criterion in the West End.
AND The 39th Step is reached ( boom! boom!) eventually, of course... in Dublin on 05:06. AND it's worth taking the Irish Ferry to see!

ALSO saw " An Education": Nick Hornby's crisp adaptation of Lynn Barber's ( "true", she says) story of her teenage love affair with her wicked Older Man in the very early '60's .

A vastly different setting from Lennon's " Nowhere Boy" ( same era) but equally moving....a tragic/comic concoction of a time now so distant... plus superb Carey Mulligan as lovely Jenny ( academic, naive) with Cara Seymour, Alfred Molina ( awesome as Father!) and a brilliant cameo of a headmistress ( OH YES, I knew one!) played for a mere few minutes by an uptight costumed/ permed/clipped voiced Emma Thompson.

And as for The Older Man ( Peter Sarsgaard)'s very scary when nowadays The Older Man looks virtually the same age as One's Youngest Son.....


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