Monday, June 07, 2021

"It's really thrilling starting to see things being scheduled again", she says. And then takes four weeks off to recover from the excitement. Honestly. Poor blog. 

I have at least enjoyed this lovely set of animations from Mull Theatre

And Hindu Times, the Lyceum's latest Sound Stage show, was great fun. 

That aside, I've mostly been being rejected from things. C'est la vie, it seems. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

It's really thrilling seeing things starting to be scheduled in theatres again.

I'm very tempted to book a ticket for Matthew Bourne's new show, The Midnight Bell, even if I end up not being able to go in real life. 

There was chat on our theatre watching call last night about a trip to Pitlochry to see David Greig's new play

There's this guy in Edinburgh in JUNE.

And then of course, the Fringe on our doorstep in some form or other. 

What days. 

Saturday, May 08, 2021

I continue moderately disappointed that theatres in Scotland aren't being a bit more ambitious with their creations during this time.

The Lyceum / Pitlochry's Sound Stage is a sound enough idea but with all these theatres sitting empty, feels a little underwhelming. But maybe it's astronomically expensive to produce something in person that can only be broadcast online. 

I wasn't a huge fan of the recent Tennis Elbow though I daresay some will have found it very entertaining. Me, not so much. 

Maybe some of the others will be a bit more gripping. I was sorry to miss Angela. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

I was on holiday last week, not that this poor blog felt the benefit of that. But spent most of the week writing and writing or lurking in parks. 

A moment or two before that, I enjoyed some of The Tron's 'sonic plays' including a beautifully scripted piece by Stef Smith. More of this here

Do let me know what you think of the other three, should you get that far.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

I had such a beautiful dream that I somehow won a competition to shadow a director of the third in a trilogy of plays that was some sort of gangster musical hybrid where they all wore sharp suits and did sharp dance routines. 

It may have been called The Slab Boys which is peculiar as I know nothing about these plays - but I was looking at a biography of John Byrne yesterday so that would make some sort of illogical sense to a befuddled mind. It was wonderful yet alarming as the cast was huge and none of them were socially distancing... 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

I've been keeping myself pretty gainfully occupied though not in a very blog-friendly way.

I've guzzled up this, which was excellent.  (BS, don't read the review until you've read the book!)

And this which was less remarkable but still, a cracking read. And brilliant escapism in these stay home times. 

I really enjoyed The Band Plays On this week just gone. It's on for a little while yet. 

I watched the strangely compelling madness that is Rocketman last night. Peter Bradshaw liked it less than Mark Kermode but it got Taron Egerton an Oscar so who cares what Peter thinks?

And the National Theatre's Yerma was wonderful.

Around the edges, I'm busy trying to figure out what next (and persuade BS to be in it - but that's another story.)

Friday, March 19, 2021

This is a wonderful thing. An interview with David Calder for his Porty-focused podcast. 

He graciously consented to interview both Ross and I. I thought that would surely be more interesting for his listeners than listening to me fetching and barking on again. 

And he edited it together so marvellously you'd have thought we were all in the same room rather than sitting in our respective houses and chatting via the medium of zoom. 

Hats off to the skills and professionalism amidst the ashes of the pandemic.