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#11 Lynette

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:42 AM

I quite often see plays I know very little about. Isn't that part of the pleasure? After all, who knew about Hamlet the first time it was played?

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:19 PM

View PostLynette, on 29 June 2012 - 09:42 AM, said:

I quite often see plays I know very little about. Isn't that part of the pleasure? After all, who knew about Hamlet the first time it was played?
I agree. Went to see Stoppard's The Real Thing last week and it was quite a puzzle for a while but I enjoyed being surprised and the penny dropping! I hate it when the critics give away the whole damn plot beforehand! Or the programme tells you the gist. I reckon if a play needs explaining beforehand then it has a problem.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:26 PM

View PostKevinUK, on 28 June 2012 - 11:13 PM, said:

- so I asked for tickets to see them too: no idea what they are about, only remember that 1 is called Kiss and Kate and is a musical. Lord knows what the other one is.

The other is called Hedda Gabler, so it could be the tale of a roofer with a passion for football. I think you've got quite a good strategy, sticking loyally to theatres that have served you well on your previous attendances.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:30 PM

View PostKevinUK, on 28 June 2012 - 11:13 PM, said:

When I bought this ticket it was the day after they announced their two new shows - so I asked for tickets to see them too: no idea what they are about, only remember that 1 is called Kiss and Kate and is a musical. Lord knows what the other one is.


Kiss Me Kate - I believe it charts the rise, fall and rise again of the royal romance through the tunes of Richard Clayderman.

Saw this today and found it really interesting - though I probably would have found it equally interesting as a lecture. Agree that it isn't very dramatic and it didn't conjure up time and place particularly evocatively, but it was well acted and didn't drag.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:47 AM

View PostLynette, on 29 June 2012 - 09:42 AM, said:

I quite often see plays I know very little about. Isn't that part of the pleasure? After all, who knew about Hamlet the first time it was played?


That would be The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. I imagine most of the audience would have worked out it wasn't another comedy...Plus, isn't there a lost play it's supposedly based on?



There's a difference between knowing little and not knowing anything at all but perhaps that's just me.  I don't want to know the whole plot but I'd be very unlikely to see a play unless I know the basic subject matter except on occasions when I've  been corralled in amdram by someone involved. But I wouln't pay WE prices without a bit of research (well, I'd book for anything with SRB but I'd still know what it was about before I went)

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:40 PM

Never taken a kid to a play then? Marvellous to see the reaction to what you have taken for granted.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:49 PM

View PostLynette, on 08 July 2012 - 05:40 PM, said:

Never taken a kid to a play then? Marvellous to see the reaction to what you have taken for granted.

But the kid doesn't pay for the ticket :lol: I'm not talking about knowing every plot twist but I'd probably tell the kid that the play was about horses in a war or something like that.   I'm just surprised anyone would book a play they know nothing about (especially as the Old Vic name isn't exactly a guarentee of quality :o )

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:09 PM

Armadillo probably hasn't booked for Caryl Churchill's Love and Information at the Royal Court, so may miss a rewarding experience. It was interesting that the Royal Court didn't reveal the nub of Birthday before the first public performance. It's easy to wrongly imagine how a play will develop when you know just a few things in advance: 2 + 2 = 5...

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:24 PM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 08 July 2012 - 06:09 PM, said:

Armadillo probably hasn't booked for Caryl Churchill's Love and Information at the Royal Court, so may miss a rewarding experience. It was interesting that the Royal Court didn't reveal the nub of Birthday before the first public performance. It's easy to wrongly imagine how a play will develop when you know just a few things in advance: 2 + 2 = 5...

I have actually :o. I booked for both the Cottesloe  Mike Leigh plays too (which has rather put me off complete surprises :lol:) I don't want to know everything about a play, of course not. I just wouldn't go to see a play I knew absolutely nothing about and then be surprised that it wasn't the light-hearted affair I expected.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:31 PM

View PostHonoured Guest, on 08 July 2012 - 06:09 PM, said:

Armadillo probably hasn't booked for Caryl Churchill's Love and Information at the Royal Court, so may miss a rewarding experience. It was interesting that the Royal Court didn't reveal the nub of Birthday before the first public performance. It's easy to wrongly imagine how a play will develop when you know just a few things in advance: 2 + 2 = 5...
Yes but most of us on this board have telepathic knowledge. I have missed one or two good uns because my antennae failed but on the whole I get it right.





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