STILETTO – a high pointed HEEL on a woman’s shoe or a small dagger.
WHEELS – a medieval instrument of torture or a vehicle for personal mobility.
We went to the Arcola Theatre in 'ghetto' Dalston to see a play about a band of jazz musicians, written by Jack Shepherd.
We hadn't been to the Arcola or even heard of it before but it has been open about five years. My only excuses are that I have been a bit ill – yes for years! - and Dalston is a little way off our usual patch. We thought we might need protection out there, and I’m not talking rubber...
Incredibly, we survived without any problem. Dalston seems to be the new Hoxton and there was no obvious interest in us, our car or its’ tyres!
It was all good. No access problems - everything on one level. Everyone was very friendly and relaxed. A great concept for a play in this venue with its’ low ceilings, dark ambience, scattered tables and loose seating - just like a jazz club.
In the first act, four band members set up for a set, chatting amongst themselves. Through the interval, they played a live set of jazz as we all wandered in and out. In act two, they packed up their instruments, with more conversational interplay. The play ended and we all went home.
If the writing had been a little tighter it would have been great. Interesting place, good atmosphere, well worth a trip.