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August 7th, 2005
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I went to see the Two Shades of Blue productions the other day.

A rather random cross between Faust and Bad Play which wasn't to my taste at all (I go to the theatre to suspend disbelief and get carried away by the story, and TBH I have seen too many farcical CULES cock-ups in real life for a scripted LES cock-up to be able to compete. And it got in the way of the story!) but had some superb actors and some absolutely brillient lines. adqam had me in stiches as New Heaven, Toni was still marvelously Toni even with a bright red face, and benparker was playing benparker extremely well (although he has had years of practice). The men in tights who I didn't know (must be OULES?) were superb. And there was Rosie in a corset ;) So all in all, not really my thing, but some really really good moments and a great cast. I would love to see the same script done as Faust with all the Bad Play sillyness taken out.

Then there was the most glorious production of Wind in the Willows that everyone at the Fringe should go and see. The acting was consistently very good, the make-up was marvelous, and the whole thing just had me carried away for an hour, shuddering with horror at the most marvelously evil weasels, falling in love with the foppish and beautiful Ratty, fearing and loving gruff Badger... and Cath made an adorable Moley. And toad. Poor, poor toad. Carried away to ruin by his mad and stupid flights of fancy, until even his truest friends want to lock him up to save him from himself. Truly the best thing I've seen LES do, I think (although Cinderella is a close second) Balenced just right between jokes and story, even the topical one liners done so well they didn't break the flow. Yeah. If you're near edinburgh, go and see it :)

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From:randomchris
Date:August 7th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
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(and I'm sort-of producing, so may well be in the audience and/or handing out flyers at multiple points)
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From:atreic
Date:August 7th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
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Oh! Both of them? How do you know the LES lot?

*sigh* I should be used to small world effects, isn't that the point of an Oxbridge education?
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From:randomchris
Date:August 7th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
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benparker was my college dad many years ago. I've got them accommodation the last couple of years, and printed publicity for them.
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From:atreic
Date:August 7th, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
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Ah, so you're a Pembroke person, which is how you know, well, all the Pembroke people. That makes sense :)
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From:alchemyintheuk
Date:August 7th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
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And toad. Poor, poor toad. Carried away to ruin by his mad and stupid flights of fancy, until even his truest friends want to lock him up to save him from himself.

Are you *trying* to give me ideas? ;D
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From:atreic
Date:August 7th, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
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Does locking him up do Toad any good? Sadly not. He mopes, and he escapes, and he continues with his mayhem. He is only remorseful when the Weasels have taken Toad Hall and all is near ruin.

I'm not sure this is a helpful or instructive parallel to draw, the more I think about it...
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