Meme: Last 10 things seen at the theatre

Because I am at that place called Procrastination Station and not currently inclined to finish the 5 outstanding reviews, here a little light-hearted bit of fun.

List the last 10 things you saw at the theatre in order:

1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Gielgud)
2. Ecstasy (Hampstead)
3. 8 Women (Southwark)
4. After Troy (Shaw)
5. Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
6. Lidless (Trafalgar Studios 2)
7. The Knot of the Heart (Almeida)
8. Richard II (Tobacco Factory)
9. Godspell (Ye Olde Rose & Crown)
10. Romeo & Juliet (Royal Shakespeare)

Who was the best performer in number one (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)?
Meow Meow as Maîtresse, the narrator-type figure, one of the main reasons I was so excited for the show and completely worth it, her rendition of Sans Toi is almost worth the ticket price alone. Joanna Riding and Cynthia Erivo also excellent though.

Why did you go to see number two (Ecstasy)?
The fact that it was selling out? Also the chance to see Sinéad Matthews and Siân Brooke onstage again after really enjoying previous performances from them last year.

Can you remember a line/lyric from number three (8 Women) that you liked?
“Mummy, people tend not to commit suicide by sticking a knife in their back”

What would you give number four (After Troy) out of ten?
A 7?

Was there someone hot in number five (Flare Path)?
I can never quite make up my mind about Harry Hadden-Paton but in uniform, yes. See also Joe Armstrong.

What was number six (Lidless) about?
The moral implications of being involved in torture and the impact of suppressing the truth from loved ones, but from a heavily liberal point of view. Also a handy guide on what not to do with a pair of handcuffs.

Who was your favourite actor in number seven (The Knot of the Heart)?
I didn’t really enjoy any of the acting in this to be honest, unless you count wine glass throwing technique, but Kieran Bew did extremely well at clearly defining several small different roles as the various men in the show.

What was your favourite bit in number eight (Richard II)?
Apart from being within touching distance of John Heffernan when he sat in the audience, it would be the scene when he arrived back from Ireland to receive some bad news, slumped against a pillar and practically whispering, you could have heard a pin drop as he proved what a fine actor he is becoming.

Would you see number nine (Godspell) again?
No. Not even for the sexy gay Judas in it.

What was the worst thing about number ten (Romeo & Juliet)?
Cripes. I can’t think of anything apart from the box office woman being unwelcomingly rude.

Which was best?
I’m saying Flare Path for now, but subject to change.

Which was worst?
The Knot of the Heart, without a doubt.

Did any make you cry?
I wept in Flare Path and afterwards. Also shed a tear or 5 in Romeo & Juliet and After Troy.

Did any make you laugh?
I very nearly lost it in The Knot of the Heart but I wasn’t supposed to be laughing… But Sheridan Smith made me laugh lots in Flare Path, 8 Women had lots of silly humour, Umbrellas, Romeo & Juliet and Ecstasy also got a laugh or 3.

Which roles would you like to play in any of them?
None immediately spring to mind, although I wouldn’t mind being one of the charcaters in Umbrellas of Cherbourg who got carried around.

Which one did you have best seats for?
My seats for 8 Women had my name on them! But forked out for front of circle for R&J which was amazing, and even if the play was awful, the £8 marvel that is F12 at the Almeida did not disappoint.

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