Finding The Arcola?
Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:06 PM
Posted 13 October 2009 - 02:29 PM
Please do not worry. I have been making this journey from various parts of London from 2001. My tips are:
Covent Garden: Walk to the Aldwych and pick up either the 243 or 76 bus. I would try to be at the bus stop at 6.45 pm to relieve any anxiety and that should get you to the theatre by 7.30pm. The buses all talk to you these days and the stop you want is Princess May Road on Kingsland Road (2 after Dalston and Kingsland station). When you get off the bus turn left and cross at the pelican crossing, turn right heading back the way you came, and the first turning on the left is Arcola Street (cafe on one corner, pub on the other) the theatre is 2 mins walk on the left hand side.
On the way back you can catch the 30 bus from Dalston Junction that stops at Baker Street. From the theatre go back to Kingsland Road and turn left, you can either walk down to Dalston Junction (10mins) or wait for a bus at the stop outside the 24 hour shop to take you down there. The 30 bus stop is on Dalston Lane and is easily visible from the junction with Kingsland Road.
I hope that is helpful and I look forward to your thoughts on the show.
Posted 13 October 2009 - 11:54 PM
Posted 14 October 2009 - 10:10 AM
Thank you, it's always a pleasure to share knowledge.
I'm aware that many think Dalston is the back of beyond and worry about getting there and back home again so any tips I can share will hopefully encourage others to visit the Arcola (I declare a vested interest now as I volunteer there).
Another top tip is that the buses are much faster after the show so you can get to Waterloo in 30mins on 243 or 76. The 149 goes to London Bridge and is just as speedy.
Posted 14 October 2009 - 11:38 PM
I should probably go to bed so won't offer proper thoughts on the show this evening, but I do just want to say that I was completely grossed out by the ending. I, the girl who treats the presence of stage blood as a visible indicator of production values and who grinned hugely during the Gloucester scene in Goold's King Lear, had my hand clapped to my mouth and I still have no idea if I was pulling a face or a D: face behind it. XD Real thoughts shall follow on should anyone be interested and/or I get bored at work tomorrow.
Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:12 AM
Posted 16 October 2009 - 11:29 PM
Cast were all good, especially the ones who doubled up in the Japanese puppetry bit, and I was v impressed by Dominic Rowan (who I'd heard good things about, but never seen before)
Posted 20 October 2009 - 03:22 PM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 02:51 PM
It is noisy ang gory but thoroughly engrossing. Dominic Rowan was a pleasure to watch and because of the small space you can feel the emotion of his breakdown. The puppetry was marvellous and came as a complete surprise.
All in all I endorse other opinions and urge you to make the trip to the Arcola to see this.
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