The Importance of Beng Earnest

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Turns out that I knew the pun but not the play.
Of course it’s ridiculous (Cecily Cardew falling for someone and getting engaged in her own mind before she’d met her “Ernest”), and the posh people are very off-putting.
But some of the lines will live forever and it’s nice to see in a local theatre delivered with local enthusiasm.
Excellent costumes (John Gill), lace, peacock feathers – and eyebrows (Courtney Kelham-Giddy).
(For a proper review, see this by Kev Castle.)

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Thunderbirds Are Go

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I went to see this movie having seen it on TV and possibly even youtube times before, and knowing it wasn’t great.
Gerry Anderson got this movie wrong.  It was in his character that he was trying to do new things in this first attempt at a “Supermarionation” movie; e.g. the Cliff Richard & the Shadows.
(18:  e:3; s:2; p:3)
So why even go?

 

As part of  Nottingham’s Puppetry Festival, Gerry Anderson’s son and one of the original crew came to talk about the puppets, and brought Titan and Scott Tracy.
Scott Tracy even walked!
A member of the audience – a man of my age – even said it was because we were still 9 years old.
But it really isn’t.  I was born in 1961.  The Thunderbirds are part of my earliest memories.
– The first TV I remember – the trailer for Thunderbirds when Virgil slides down the ramps to join Thunderbird 2.
– The second memory of school – all the kids from 5 to 11 running in a line around the yard each being a different Thunderbird – all having our arms swept behind us.
– The shock when I was told by one of the bigger girls that they were puppets and that you could see the strings – I’d had no idea.
– My mates getting Thunderbirds uniforms for their birthdays and all the memorabilia that Christmas.
Powerful memories, flavoured by the sense of mission, which makes you reflect on all that’s come since.

Discussing A Fantastic Woman

A discussion group at the Broadway to celebrate the Oscar win of “A Fantastic Woman” and discuss trans issues raised by the movie and in Nottingham now.
Hearing stuff I was unaware of.
One remark struck me in particular – (something like) – ‘I don’t know whether I want to start taking hormones, and then have surgery; I just know I’m happier when I’m trans.”
Other references to people in Nottingham being trolled, and stories of violence against trans people (particularly in Brazil).

As I was proceeding …

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… in an easterly direction along Carlton Street, in Hockley, (on my way home from the Riverside Festival fireworks display), I happened across a new(ish) man patrolling the area as a Chief Constable, checking out again how the city centre is on a busy Saturday night.
We discussed a number of issues, including repeated begging.

Pirates of Penzance by People’s Theatre (Nottingham)

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The simple pleasure of just hearing music being played live and watching people sing and perform.
Bags of enthusiasm and some songs I recognise – including one from the football terraces.
The trick is not so much as to not take the plot too seriously, but to realise Gilbert and Sullivan probably didn’t either.
Put on by local artists and musicians at the Nottingham Arts Theatre.