October 10th, 2009

theatre, muppets

A Last Bit Of Shakespear at the Globe

The Wednesday before last, having returned from the North I headed over to the Globe to see Love's Labour's Lost. I should probably have written about it sooner as having since been to see A New World, which was amazing, I'm struggling to think of noteworthy thinks from LLL to write about.

It was certainly one of the better performances I've seen at the Globe. Having seen a few plays there this year, the casts are becoming very familiar looking. LLL shared quite a few members with Romeo & Juliet, although not the leads but they were quite weak in R&J, so LLL held together better.

We had an understudy playing the Princess of France, but given she was one of the strongest members of the cast it worked quite well. The other strong members of the cast were Thomasin Rand as Rosaline and Trystane Gravelle as Berowne (although it was difficult to take him seriously after all the phone box stuff in the frontline).

The stage was extended into the yard again, this time with a diamond arrangement of walkways, which the audience could stand in the middle of, although the play didn't enter the yard itself as much as some of the others had. It was mainly just in the hunt seen when the deer rode around across the heads of the groundlings.

All in all it was good, but not outstanding.

And that's then the last of the Shakespear I'd booked to see at the Globe this year. Made a trip to see A New World last Saturday, but that'll be another post.
dance, morris, folk dance, ceilidh

An Autumn of Dance

The summer may be over and there may not be festival after festival every weekend anymore, but it does mean all the ceilidh series start up again :-)

I know I said I'd let a few of you know which ceilidhs I'm planning to head to this Autumn. As the first one's tonight, I'd best get around to it, so here they are:

10 October - Stömp (Meltdown Ceilidhs - Clare Hall, Haywards Heath)
20 November - Ran Tan Band (Knees Up Cecil Sharp, Cecil Sharp House, Camden)
21 November - Cock and Bull (Meltdown Ceilidhs - Clare Hall, Haywards Heath)
12 December - Fiddlegang (London Barndance (contra), Cecil Sharp House, Camden)
mellotron, music

Political Sunburn

Haven't posted about an album for a while, so have a bit of a pile of CDs next to the computer now.

Continuing on the recent theme of albums that were big when I was a teenager, the next in the pile is Skunk Anansie's debut Paranoid & Sunburnt. The album is basically political hard rock with a funk edge to it. It's this edge that gives it the real interest and sets Skunk Anansie apart from other groups performing metal protest songs.

It helps that Skin's vocal style seems ideally suited to this, being able to pull off soulful melodies as in "100 Ways To Be A Good Girl" and more punchy agressive stuff as in "All In The Name Of Pity" and "Little Baby Swastikkka". Although it does make her absolutely terrifying.

Not a band for subtly though and the messages of all their tracks are rammed down your throat from the opening of each track right through to the end, kicking out violently at politics and religion. Most of the tracks are a interesting listen whether you share their sentiment or not though.

Highlights of the album include the singles "Selling Jesus" and "Weak" as well as "100 Ways to be A Good Girl" and "It Takes Blood & Guts to be this Cool, but I'm Still Just a Cliche".

You don't actually get to see music videos when listening to CDs of albums, but as "I Can Dream" has such a cool one with bendy wavy mirrory effects, I'm going to share it with you anyway:

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All in all, Paranoid & Sunburnt doesn't seem to hold together as well as Stoosh or Post-Orgasmic Chill, but it certainly shows the direction Skunk Anansie were heading in.