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Thursday, 16 July 2015


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Duffers - I see you have positioned your hands ready to grab a splendid handful - good man!!

Those were the days, eh?

Tit -tit, Cuffers, ooops, sorry, I meant to say tut-tut. Now behave yourself, this is theatre, darling!

I think David you got the accent totally wrong or something ... your hands might be extended but her forestalls 'ery wind, jib's flailing an the mainmast looks to be athwart - that fellow a'stern an' aforeships of ye - he wasn't a stuttterin' was he?

She though looks a good rigged ship - tawt a'stern headed proper 'n prepared a'mighty 'cept for that ragged crawy jag'ged up a'haid her.

Claustrophobia I reckon if shoals al'athrawtships a'haid her was you ... naw wiinder yer awls're empty the riggin' - which is too bad dead reckoned.

Bloody hell, JK, have you been at the rum again? Or have you been reading too many 'Jack Aubrey' books?

Cuffleyburgers, in Duff's day, their was a lot of leeway in the theatre for "awkward moments".

Yes, I can see you as George.
Did you have your long johns on too?
Have you still got the cardy?

Hmm, I didn't notice the sweater. Kind of makes the wearer look elderly.

The Cardigan and Val Doonican chair in the background. How old are you David?

Now Jimmy, you know certain elderly get cranky when asked that question.

Damn! I loved that cardie but in the end (after about 25 years) the 'Memsahib' tore it off my back and binned it.

Whiters, the only "awkward moments" in my theatre was when I forgot my lines which I was prone to do!

At least you're not flaunting the David Heseltine syrup this time, David.

"David Heseltine syrup"? Eh? What?

David, in your last visit down Drury memory lane, you appeared to be wearing Hezzer's wig.

syrup of figs = Cockney rhyming slang for wigs.

I have never seen the play on the stage. I did watch the film, with Dick and Liz, once. Very uncomfortable and will probably not watch it again. You are right - they are George and Martha!
The play, a definite maybe.

Kevin, you East Enders are becoming as incomprehensible as 'Arkies'!

Miss Red, believe me, it works as a play but will never work as a film. Please don't ignore a chance to see it if it arises. Incidentally, I have never been able to confirm or deny the 'factoid' that originally, Albee wrote it as a play about two homosexual couples. Someone told me this halfway through rehearsals and I must admit that suddenly the truly bitchy-vicious dialogue suddenly made sense.

I'm surprised you didn't like the movie. Although, in the play, I always thought that Nick and Honey should just leave, and then in the movie, they do leave, but come back. So ...

I have to ask, what do you think is meant by the title and the last words. "Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf?"

In England, when you sing, "Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf", do you use the tune "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf" or "All around the mulberry bush"? In America, we have to use the latter, because Disney will sue otherwise.

One last point, I'm never believed that rumor. I mean, Martha keeps talking about her son, child-birth, and so on. It's important for the audience to think there is a son. It just wouldn't work.

I think, Dom, that "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf" is a little academic-literary joke that the likes of Albee would have found amusing. The most moving part of the play for me was the very end when George and Martha sit together, his arm around her, and he sings that silly song, very slowly and slightly haltingly. I always used the 'Big Bad Wolf' tune, the other never occurred to me.

Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that the play itself was based on homosexual relationships only that his early, original ideas were in that mode but changed as the story-line developed. Also, *if it's true*, then part of his motivation in 1963 might have been that a hetero play would sell better than a homo play! (Cynical? Moi?) However, as I worked on George's script I felt there was, beneath the surface, a distinctly bitchy flavour to it that I would associate with homos, particularly show business homos!

You should have a look at zoo story, albee's one act play, which really does feature a homo. Very moving.

Next time I'm in my local library I'll take a look.

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