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Parsley

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In Topic: An Intervention

20 April 2014 - 11:45 AM

View PostPharaoh, on 20 April 2014 - 11:40 AM, said:

Well I am braving Watford Wednesday week, seeing a matinee (which is at least half empty at the moment) and then an evening show in Central London. I imagine this will probably go to the Bush latr in the year, much like Jumpers for Goalposts did. But I don't want to wait and risk it not transferring, as Mike Bartlett is - for the most part - an excellent writer and Rachael Stirling just luminous.


Yes I am sorry I was distracted by the venue etc.

The play is excellent

And Rachel Stirling gives her best performance yet

The ending is funny and shocking and moving (as well as a bit random) all at the same time!

This play reminded me a lot of Lungs come to think of it....

I will be interested to hear what others think

In Topic: An Intervention

20 April 2014 - 11:02 AM

 fringefan, on 20 April 2014 - 04:38 AM, said:



As someone who was born and brought up near Watford, and who has visited Brixton for the cinema and theatre for decades, I do think you are being a little unfair to the centre of Watford, Parsley.  Yes, it is unattractive and, like so many anonymous town centres, has been carved up by a ring road and one-way system, but did you look beyond the immediate vicinity of the theatre itself?  Only minutes away in the large shopping mall is a thriving branch of John Lewis, which you won't find in Brixton or anywhere else without the right demographic in the catchment area.  A little further is the big and beautiful Cassiobury Park, backed by ancient woodland which will be full of bluebells just now.

I actually really enjoy theatre trips to London suburbs or to other towns, partly because they enable me to explore or revisit an area, which makes a refreshing change from the familiar West End/off-West End or fringe circuit.

I am sorry

But the area is NOT Stratford Upon Avon
Nor Chichester

Those places have grown around the theatres and have all sorts of other things to do there

I didn't feel particularly safe walking about as there were groups of youths hanging out in the town centre

Looking like and behaving as if they didn't know we aren't in the 1990s anymore

I went to sainsburys as it was one of the only things still open in the evening

The area did not embrace me with tantalising delicatessens or cosy coffee shops or interesting cultural delights

Even Pret was closed at 1830

Pathetic

There is no point having a producing theatre in such an unattractive area when there is no other support system to lure in patrons

And at least Brixton is easy to get to and has some proper character

I have nothing against Brixton anyway and just used it as an example.... It's WAY more fashionable

My point is that the location (perhaps unfortunately and unfairly) is a key factor in the success of a musical and even more so for a play no matter how much we pretend otherwise

An Intervention is a fantastic play with 2 fabulous performances

If this was playing at Almeida or Donmar

It would be a hot ticket and sold out

Instead (unless it transfers) it will play to half empty houses just because they chose the wrong venue

All the people watching the play last night were huddled into the cafe/bar well before the show

This is good for the theatre but not for the local business

I didn't see any pre-theatre style offers at local restaurants

Even Richmond or Wimbledon would be preferable- certainly more visually appealing and much safer and geared up to people seeing a show

At least a trip there is a nice evening out!!

I am more than willing to travel for theatre and do so all the time

But
I will think twice before going to Watford again

Also....

I don't consider John Lewis to be any sort of marker of an area....rather one opening signifies a depressing mediocrity and conformity

If people in Brixton felt really desperate to visit one (I think they are probably a bit more interesting than John Lewis) they can get on the tube and go to 2 different John Lewis stores in central London anytime they want to

14 mins travel time to Sloane Square

Where they can pop into Harrods before their matinee at the RC!!!!!

In Topic: An Intervention

19 April 2014 - 11:30 PM

 Alf, on 19 April 2014 - 11:09 PM, said:



Thanks for that charming description of where I went to school, Parsley.

Poor you

In Topic: An Intervention

19 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

Very good play

Rachel Stirling mesmerising

Similar to her medea in some ways

Worth a trip for sure

Funny moving and sad

Theatre totally out of place in that sort of area though

Makes Brixton in comparison seem like Mayfair

Shame as would get much bigger audiences if this was showing somewhere with more significance

In Topic: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

18 April 2014 - 10:26 PM

 Titan, on 18 April 2014 - 05:17 PM, said:



If you think My Family is the worst show of all time you clearly havent seen much TV

Generally I don't like TV

I have something against pre recorded entertainment in general

And if I DO watch it

S*** like "My Family" was certainly not worthy of my time