Car to Highgate, London, park up, tube to the West End, lunch Leicester Square and a stroll around Covent Garden and Soho. Followed by.......
School of Rock The Musical
I wasn't quite sure what to expect here. It was one of my children's favourite films growing up and I've lost count of the number of times we've watched it over the years. They'll still watch it to this day, given the chance.
An absolutely fantastic show, great seats - quite close to the action though a bit off to one side. The lead actor in the Jack Black film role - Dewey - brings a manic energy to the stage. I didn't buy a programme so couldn't tell you his name.
The musical remains quite faithful to the film, so we knew the songs and a few of the scenes in advance. I was happy the Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen jukebox bit was in there. The kids in the cast were amazing. A real fun time was had.
|School of Rock (2003)|
Film synopsis from Google....
Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates -- much to the consternation of the uptight principal (Joan Cusack). As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock 'n' roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands.
A bite to eat afterwards then back to Shaftesbury Avenue and the Comedy Carnival.
I've only seen one comedian previously - Michael Barrymore at Caesar's in Luton, long before his fall from grace.
I knew enough to decline seats in the first couple of rows as I kind of think any comedian - audience interaction with me would have kind of spoiled my enjoyment of the show and I would have been on tenterhooks throughout. Far more relaxing to sit on row 10 in the shadows!
I don't think I had seen any of these guys before on the TV, but all were very good, very funny with different subject matter in their routines. Comedy is obviously very subjective and not everything hit the mark.
More to like than not......... Brexit, sex, Facebook, Twitter, the NHS, grannies, toilet jokes, relationships, audience interaction, family, Australia, Eastern Europeans, tolerance, the weather, hedge fund managers, and a gazillion other things besides.
My favourite was Jack Hester, an Irish comedian. Followed by a tie between Bobby Mair and the MC who knitted the whole thing together - Pete Gionis
Pete Gionis on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qXw0XhXb7M
Bobby Mair on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvNoe0HZnVc
Freddy Quinne on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wDeQXwkVWI
Jack Hester on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FYvkO7We4o
Finlay Christie on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBcqpg5mWSY
Next day, a walk from Kensington through Hyde Park, past Princess Diana's Memorial Fountain and onto Oxford Street
I could see them setting up for Winter Wonderland which is one to avoid in about a month's time.
The last London outing was a photo exhibition at The Photographer's Gallery off Oxford Street
Shot in Soho ......well worth a fiver of anyone's money though I would have preferred it if some of the photos on display had been slightly larger and there were a few more of them.
There's a book to accompany the exhibition which offers more than what you see on the walls of the gallery, as well as text giving a narrative regarding the images. I would have liked it, but after flicking through kind of thought the price a wee bit steep.
During a time of development and change that has the potential to transform the unique character of London's Soho, this book delves into the area's storied past as a place of disobedience and eccentricity. Opening with a look at Soho through the years, this book includes archival images of Suffragettes learning Jiu-jitsu in a Soho gym, David Bowie preparing to record at Trident Studios and Francis Bacon drinking at the French House. The book then presents the work of photographers who have shed light on Soho's many faces through the decades, including Kelvin Brodie, Clancy Gebler Davies, Corinne Day, William Klein, and Anders Petersen. Also featured is a new series of work by young, up-and-coming photographer Daragh Soden, whose images were specially commissioned by The Photographers' Gallery for this project. These streetscapes and portraits are by turns intimate and haunting, visceral and vibrant, nostalgic and provocative. Throughout the volume, texts narrate a social history marked by subculture and controversy. This book captures Soho as a refuge for marginalised, pioneering, and unconventional people.
|Clancy Gebler Davies, The Colony Rooms, 1999-2000 Courtesy the artist|