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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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Gale force winds? Midsomer Norton...you made it by twice! Those photos are stunning! I could live there I do believe as the town would suit me to a tea. Glad the play was to your liking as a good laugh is good for the heart.

I love your theater reviews, the ones you like and the ones you don't like, both. You got me curious about noises off. I found it on YouTube.

I LOVED "Noises off"! My mother and I went to see it and cried throughout most of the second act. I didn't actually find the third act as funny, which was probably a relief.

I was always regretful that I missed the Mary Wallace adaptation of Michael Green's "The Art of Coarse acting", a book which made me laugh embarrassingly loud in the middle of places where laughter was perhaps not appropriate, and made people edge away nervously.

Dom, I didn't know 'Noises Off' was available on YouTube but do give it a view - it is brilliant.

Miss Mayfly, you are absolutely right to bring up the name of Michael Green, 'the original and onlie begetter' of plays that go wrong. I kept thinking of him yesterday. Do you remember the one where the 'family' are sitting at the table and slowly, one by one the legs fall off? They are forced to hold it up with their hands but then the script calls for them to pass the sandwiches or whatever. And then there is the play set in a cell in a German PoW prison in which our frightfully brave British chap is incarcerated. The script calls for him to go up to a wall in the cell which has a barred window set fairly high. He has grasp the bars and shout through to the guard outside. Alas, some dozy ASM (er, no offence intended!) has set the 'wall' the wrong way up and, after a moment's embarrassed hesitation, he has to get down on hands and knees and shout through at ground level!
All great memories.

Alas, I remember it from the scripts only, but yes, I think there was desperate signalling with eyebrows a lot of time during the meal, and honestly! As if any ASM would do such a thing! I do recall a frantic scene change during some play or rather which required the use of two braces. As the change required 5 stage hands, none of whom would be the same on any given night and could not therefore be rehearsed properly, I carefully carried the weights on, went to get the stage braces and came back to find that someone had helpfully carried off the weights again....

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