My sad lack of posting in November and December was happily due to an excess of getting out, about and seeing people following the misery of chemo-peel and the steroid drop-in shop. I partied on down at:
- Wiltons Music Hall - what a fab old place Wiltons turned out to be - the last grand music hall trying to survive as an arts venue, do go in 2009.
- Wig Out at the Royal Court Theatre - we were hoping for some wild sequinned trannies, singing and dancing outrageously but no, just not enough spangles for our Christmas party mood. Loved the staging tho’.
- Hamlet at The Novello with David Tennant - before his back went – yay!
- The National for
- Oedipus – over-rated and doesn’t Ralph Fiennes look more and more like Leonard Rossiter as he gets older?
- War Horse – great production but it didn't move me - the sick kids nearby nearly did tho' - parents please...
- Gethsemane - OK, uninspiring
- August: Osage County was the best play we saw by far. Savagely and hysterically funny; just the best antidote to all the saccharine of Christmas.
- Family Reunion at the Donmar - a horribly stilted middle class play about ghastly people with a formulaic staging. Hated it.
- The Festival Hall - Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Vinnie Colaiuta and Kenny Garrett - great jazz. The lifts were working, the sound was fantastic, the wheelchair spaces really good.
- The Royal Academy for Miro, Calder, Giacommetti & Braque - a great small exhibition. The RA is generally a good place for access but why do they make booking parking so difficult? There are always spaces but they insist you book a week ahead. Spontaneity for wheelchair users, no?
I also saw family and friends for food, present giving and bubbles, watched some football and got some sleep. Are you suprised I haven't posted for a few weeks?