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#61 itsuckstobeme

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:20 PM

Saw this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it, after reading comments on here I went in with very low expectations, perhaps that's why I was pleasantly surprised. Mind, Frances de la Tour could have read aloud the yellow pages on stage all evening and I would have been happy.
It's by no means Bennett's finest hour but it makes an entertaining evening, and who couldn't be impressed by Bob Crowley's design ?

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:16 PM

Saw the screening. Got to agree it is not a play I will remember, but it was very good.

As someone who has gone round a number of National Trust properties and have learned a little about the Heritage industry as part of my degree, I was nodding and laughing at all Bennet's jokes on the issue.

High Matinee
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:56 AM

Ok, just fed up with the knocking of the National Trust. I don't know what Alan Bennet did as a kid with his ma and pa on a weekend but if it hadn't been for the NT I would never have seen a building older than the Birmingham Bull Ring. They may have got silly lately [ by that I mean political ] but Bennet could find plenty to knock if he looked a bit further.

I thought the play was second rate , nothing to do with the subject matter. The actresses saved it from being truly poor.

ps Olivier award to the chandelier

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:01 AM

St Martin's in the Bull Ring? The National Trust was founded as a political organisation by Octavia Hill et al. See BBC4 tv Heritage! Battle for Britain's Past Episode 1 on i-player until Thursday.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:17 AM

Since you ask, no not the Church. I have also watched the telly progs. Everything is political isn't it?

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:14 PM

Finally saw yesterday and whilst not brillant quite enjoyable and prefered it to the Habit of Art, was also feeling rather nostalgic due to Richard Griffiths' death so seemed appropriate to be watching Bennett.

Smashing set as mentioned and some good acting from all over the shop. I took my mother, (i'd forgotten the porn film bits, we studiously avoided mentioned those bits) and as a life long national trust member I think she both found it uncomfortable and pertinent. I spent half my childhood in NT places it seems and would have conformed to the type of people Bennett appeared to dislike but i took it on the chin and did provide some food for thought.




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