Last night I was privileged to attend the 2nd BBC Audio Drama awards held in the Radio Theatre.( Read more...Collapse )
Yesterday I saw the Nutcracker at the San Francisco Ballet. It was a fabulous performance so I’ve picked a few key moments and some of my highlights to share with you.
The piece opens with the overture and Uncle Drosselmeyer in his workshop putting the finishing touches to the Nutcracker doll then we move into the grand party scene. The music was used well with an enchanting dance from the children followed swiftly by a formal but relaxed group piece by the adults. Two of the toys were brought to life to dance solos for the amusement of the guests. The magic of Uncle Drosselmeyer is a delightful source of entertainment and involves some charming interaction with the children. The scene was clearly set out and we were introduced to the characters through dance and acting that were well balanced.
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I was hugely excited to attend the 24 hour plays. The cast were not revealed until the last minute, the plays written overnight and rehearsals begun and ended on Sunday. I arrived with Poly and Lisa to a delightful champagne reception and spent the next 20 minutes engrossed in discussion of the programme and the cast.
The evening opened with a film showing the work that had gone on for the past 22 hours. From the first meeting, to allocating cast, to writing, to appointing Directors, and into the rehearsal process.
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Warnings: I swear a bit. If you click the links you can expect very strong language.
On Saturday I was hugely excited to head over to Edgeware Road for the preview of Storm, an animation to accompany Tim Minchin’s 9 minute beat poem. It was one of The Amaz!ng Meeting events. You can hear the poem on youtube.
When I sat down in the conference room my first thought was ‘wow these seats are close together’ my second ‘I have never seen so many iphones in one place’. After soaking up the atmosphere for a while and chatting to the people around me, it finally dawned… I was in a room full of people who believe in science! I then adopted a stupid grin that stayed with me most of the night.( I talk too much & swear.Collapse )