jurious: Pencil sketch. Based on Stephen Briggs (Vetinari)
So last night, my friend Bec and I went down to Grantham for a bit of local amdram theatre. It's was the shortest distance I've travelled all year to see a play, I have to say - a whole 15 miles down the road! Makes a change! ;) Heheh. Not that I object to travelling to see plays, but it did break with my "tradition". But anyhoo, I digress...

We went to see Grantham Dramatic Society's production of the Discworld book "Going Postal", as adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. I'm glad that I finally had a chance to see a Discworld play, and it was an even bigger bonus that, not only was it close to home, but it was "Going Postal", which is certainly one of my favourite Discworld books. (Also, I had entered and won the competition the GDC had run to design a stamp to go on their programme and promo material, and there's nothing quite so cool as to see a piece of your artwork mass-reproduced on posters, leaflets and programmes when you go to see a play! Plus, when your name is printed on the promo material, in the company of Terry Pratchett's and Stephen Briggs', it's more than a wee bit awesome! So, of course, I bought a programme and picked up a leaflet and asked if I cold have a poster too. :3 They can go in my portfolio if nothing else.)

The programme, complete with my stamp design!

So the play... let's talk about that. Intrigue! Peril! The invention of stamps! )

So, all-in-all, a big well done to the cast and crew of the GDC and massive thanks for bringing some Pratchett to the East Midlands! Please say we'll be seeing more in future! :)

I WON!!!

Oct. 25th, 2011 11:37 am
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I won the Discworld stamp competition, which Grantham Dramatic Society were running in conjunction with their upcoming production of "Going Postal". My stamp design will appear on their promotional material, and I also win a £25 voucher to spend at an art store in Grantham. Wicked!!!

Discworld Stamp
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I'm so pleased - just because I can support some local Discworld amdram if nothing else! I'm really looking forward to seeing their play at the start of December, and must insist now that if you can come, you do so!


It runs from November 30th until December 3rd, nightly performances at 7.30pm. Tix are £8 for the first night and £9 thereafter. (I'm going on Friday 2nd.) Bring it on! :D
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I've seen two Shakespeare plays in the past week as part of my late birthday celebrations, each starring two big names in both film and theatre: I saw "The Tempest" in London starring Ralph Fiennes last Thursday, and on Monday evening saw (what I now realise was the final performance of) "The Merchant of Venice" starring Patrick Stewart in Stratford upon Avon.

The Tempest vs The Merchant of Venice )

So, all in all: don't go see "The Tempest" unless you like slow song-n-dancy Shakespeare, or absolutely adore Ralph Fiennes. I wouldn't say it was worth it. I *would* recommend you go and see "The Merchant of Venice" but, alas, it has now closed so... maybe just keep an eye on the RSC and do, if you can, try to see something on that awesome stage of theirs. They could do interesting things with a layout like that. (Plus they have an awesome gift shop which I could spend a fortune in if I only had some money to spare...)

I have no money right now owing to ridiculous car repair bills and a rather large phone bill - oops - so no more plays until December when my theatre-friend Bec and I will be going to see some more amdram - the Grantham Dramatic Society, to be precise, and their production of the Discworld adaptation of "Going Postal". I've also asked my mum if she will buy me for Christmas tickets for "The Lion in Winter" which is the next play to run at the Haymarket. I love the movie of that play and would love to actually see it on-stage so fingers crossed for that one! :)
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I be going to London in a couple of days! W00t! Going to stay with my twin and see "The Tempest" starring Ralph Fiennes and do other touristy stuff. :3 Fun times ahead! It's a late post-birthday celebration for the two of us and I'm very much looking forward to it. I've been a bit up-and-down with my moods recently so I figure I need a holiday. The Phoenix-man is, meanwhile, going into kennels for a few days whilst I'm down south, then I'll pick him up on Sunday and have a few more days to do stuff before returning to work.

As another part of my late birthday celebrations, I'll be off to see another big name on-stage in Stratford on Monday - Patrick Stewart in what looks like an absolutely mental production of "The Merchant of Venice". Managed to get a ticket by stumbling onto the RSC website at the right time because they were originally sold out when I first checked. :) I'm looking forward to seeing him and having a gander at this production. I'm not sure it'll quite float my boat but one never knows. Reviews are mixed so we'll see. But it's Patrick Stewart and Shakespeare so, hey, that'll do me just fine! And Stratford will be a mini-adventure - never been before.

I also have to share the fact that I've discovered the joys of setting my Facebook language to English (Pirate). I was literally in tears from laughing so hard when I first changed it in honour of "Talk Like A Pirate Day" yesterday - which shows that it's the little things that make me happy. I think it was the poke from someone that did it - the "You've Been Poked" window became "Ye Bin Skewered!". Well I say...! *guffaws*

--x-posted to http://jurious.livejournal.com/
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I received a leaflet through the post today from the RSC for their production of "Marat/Sade" which runs from 14th October in Stratford-upon-Avon. It sounds like a dark and challenging play and do you know what I thought...? I need me some Rushies to go see this with! :)

Marat/Sade by the RSC

I think those of us who have seen and enjoyed the movie "Quills" would appreciate this. More madness based on and inspired by the Marquis de Sade's time in Charenton.

I honestly don't think I can afford to go, nor do I know anyone who, I think, would want to see it particularly, but I'll keep it in mind if I have - by some crazy chance - some spare cash to go theatre-ing with during its short run. It would probably make a good accompaniment to "Quills"- which is itself, I'm pretty sure, based on a stage play.

--x-posted to http://jurious.livejournal.com/
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Things I forgot about Saturday, because my over-tired brain has been a bit useless the past 24 hours... :p

1) Energy drinks! Bought some cheap ones to help me get through my very long Saturday, and both me and Bec had one each on the drive down to Abingdon. I don't know whether it was because we were both already tired or maybe because we aren't usually big drinkers of heavily "caffinated" stuff, but the effect of them was hilarious! We both woke up very quickly and became very smiley and silly. It was classic. I said to Bec "We're going to see a very interesting play tonight!" Heheh.

2) I apparently managed to park next to Stephen Briggs in the car park. And no, it was absolutely not intentional. Don't give me the "right, it was just a coincidence" *nudge nudge wink wink* I honestly just pulled into a convenient space and would have been none the wiser hadn't Stephen messaged me later on and asked if that was my car parked next to his. And it was! LOL. (I guess all the dog stickers and the massive dog cage in the boot gave it away... I'm pretty sure he's not seen my car before... :s Though we did talk cars at DWCon10. *shrug* A pretty cool coincidence, either way!)

3) The "News of the World" was mentioned in the play and you wouldn't believe the effect it had! It's so topical at the moment, but it's amazing how an entire audience reaction can be altered by the context of the time the play is being witnessed in.

Um... think that's all for now. :P Still knackered. Body is very mad for my presuming that food and sleep were optional extras this weekend. Oopsy.

--x-posted to http://jurious.livejournal.com/
jurious: Cartoon of Stephen Briggs as Oberon with lyrics from "Jai Ho". (Oberon)
Blimey, I've realised that I spent more time driving yesterday than sleeping - sleep came in at under 4 hours, driving came in at at least 5! Whoops! Also, dinner was sacrificed and no foods were had between midday and midnight. Double whoops! This is what a flying trip to Abingdon following a day at work does to one!

But it's always worth it. :) The play my friend and I went to see by the Studio Theatre Club this time was "The Hollow", an Agatha Christie story. Christie adapted it herself from her own novel of the same name, and made several changes, notably the removal of Poirot - which is no loss. The play certainly doesn't suffer without him.

Last night was a full house - absolutely packed, which contrasted a lot to the half-full-ness of "The Man Who Was Thursday" last May (more of you should have come to see that - it was cool). All the action centred around one room in the country house known as "The Hollow", with various characters to-ing and fro-ing during a weekend when the house owners had family and friends down to visit. As per usual, all the cast were excellent -- my friend Bec and I were particularly tickled by how many characteristics Bec actually shares with the delightfully dotty character, Lady Angkatell (played by Kath Leighton). It was rather amusing! The story was engaging and, both during and after the murder, red herrings were flung all over the shop to attempt to to keep you guessing and counter-guessing at who may have committed the crime. (There was actually a red lobster in the play at one point, but I digress...) Thankfully we didn't end with everyone sat in the room whilst the sleuth explains every bit of the plot, but with a satisfyingly tidy resolution and just desserts came to the culprit. It really was very enjoyable - an excellent lil production and well worth the drive down south to see.

Now I really must catch up on my sleep. Seeing the play has cheered me up, at least - been in very good spirits today despite fatigue. Always nice to be cheerful. :) There's now not another STC play until February - which will be Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors"! Yay! - so I'll have to fill my time with a few other lil trips -- including "Going Postal", which the Grantham Dramatic Society are putting on this December!

--x-posted to http://jurious.livejournal.com/

Zoom Zoom!

Aug. 19th, 2011 03:23 pm
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Tomorrow's gonna be a monster day! Well excited! :) Could really have done with getting more sleep the past two nights for my 4am starts, but hey... I can catch up... at some point... o_0

Tomorrow will start at 5.30am (a lie-in compared to the past two days!). Get up, get dressed, eat brekky, walk the dog, and all that jazz, before driving to work for a 7am start. At work for 7.5 hours - leave at 2.30pm and drive back home. Then it'll be another walk for Mutley, quick change and jump back in the car (with house mate in tow) and drive to Abingdon! We're off to Oxford to see another Studio Theatre Club play! (My friend and I may as well have season tickets... we've made every one this year.) Yay! Get to see my favourite person again and the wonderful STC troupe, and enjoy another one of their splendid plays. (I almost wasn't able to wrangle a trip to see this one, owing to lack of funds, but pay-day has come early due to my usual pay date falling on Sunday. Thank you providence.)

Hopefully the journey down there will be smooth (satnav is set-up and ready). We should arrive in good time before we go see the play, then hopefully there will be time to say hi to peoples afterwards before we jump back in the car and drive back home. Should be back in Newark in the early hours, and I'm then back at work again at 7.45am Sunday morning! Should still be running on adrenaline so it'll be fine. :3 I can crash and burn Sunday evening, though haven't got another day off until Saturday-next.

Sleep and food tomorrow are optional. Energy drinks have been bought in advance for the driving, though! ;) May well need those.

--x-posted to http://jurious.livejournal.com/


Aug. 17th, 2011 06:57 pm
jurious: Cartoon of Stephen Briggs as Oberon with lyrics from "Jai Ho". (Jai Ho)
Went to the Kennel Club International Agility Festival last weekend. It ran over three days but my friend and I went just for the Saturday. I had entered my dog and was down to handle my friend's Sheltie, too, so had five runs in all during the day. The weather was kind to us and the dogs behaved beautifully. Me and little Saffy the Sheltie came away with two clear rounds - her first at KC level - whilst me and Phoenix bumbled along with 10 faults in one round and eliminations in the other two. Ah well! He was very good though - I was proud of him.

Unfortunately, the day was overcast by a terrible tragedy when a man collapsed after running his dog and, despite the best efforts of paramedics, who arrived very quickly, died soon afterwards. :( This man had been set to judge on the Sunday and, though I didn't know him personally, it sounded as though he was well liked by many agility people. It just goes to show that you never know how long you've got, so live life to the full. So sad, though...

I've been a bit hyper this week so far - got my hair cut, sorted some of the garden, tidied my room, changed my bed, done my laundry, sorted my clothes, bought some much-needed new clothes, been training with my dog, etc, etc... Am quite pleased that I've been productive for once. It's so easy sometimes to just sit on the interwebz all day and scribble in my sketch pad. Which isn't a bad thing, either, but it means I forget to do things I should be doing. :P I think I'm cheery because I've managed to wrangle a trip to Oxford Saturday evening to see the Studio Theatre Club's next play, an Agatha Christie number called "The Hollow". :D Yay! I didn't think I'd be able to make it because money is very tight at the moment and, also, I am at work most of Saturday and then Sunday as well. *But*, by providence, because I usually get paid on the 21st of each month, and that falls on Sunday this time, I get paid on the Friday before instead - so I'll have money for Saturday! I can afford to fill up my car and make a boomerang trip down south. Really quite pleased -- and it'll certainly punctuate my otherwise dull nine-days-of-work. I'll get very little sleep Saturday night in return but, hey, I can collapse when I get home from work Sunday afternoon... ;) It'll be fine. I'll have had my fix.

I've updated my satnav today with up-to-date maps and have also changed the voice. It was my first time using this satnav last Saturday, for getting to the agility show - this being the satnav my dad gave me after my old one got stolen - and my friend and I quickly tired of the preset voice of "Emily", who sounded thoroughly emo and gave one the impression that she would rather be doing *anything* other than telling you where to go. She was such a misery guts that I have today downloaded a few more voices in search of someone a bit cheerier. Since I've never had a male satnav voice before, I decided to set the voice to one called "Daniel", who sounds like he's going to be debonair and ever so slightly cocky. We'll see how long we can put up with this chap before I have to change it again... ;) He'll be dictating directions to Abingdon on Saturday - though, in all fairness, I should know where I'm going by now! I've been to Oxford twice now, and also go the same route to Wincanton and use Oxford as my midway stop. ^^; I'm sure I'll have it memorised by the time I've driven down to Wincanton for Hogswatch in November. If not then I should be concerned that I never pay any attention to where I'm going whilst I'm driving.

Gonna try squeeze in some drawing this evening but I am feeling rather tired so it might be a early night for once ready for my 4am rise-n-shine for work tomorrow. Oh joy. :)

--x-posted to http://jurious.livejournal.com/
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Well... this is unheard of, I think... thus far this year theatre and film are drawing on my tally. :) I've been to the theatre three times and I've been to the cinema three times. I doubt that this has ever happened before. And it is entirely possible that, by the year out, theatre might win. Who knows?

As it stands:

A Midsummer Night's Dream (January 2011)
Studio Theatre Club, Abingdon
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (January 2011)
The Man Who Was Thursday (May 2011)
Studio Theatre Club, Abingdon
X-Men: First Class (June 2011)
Richard III (July 2011)
At the Old Vic, London
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (July 2011)

I haven't spoken much about theatre before so, hell, why not?

Ramble... )

I'm not going to ramble about cinema. Why should I? Yes it's moving and beautiful and gives one a bit of escapism but... it's not the same. It's not *personal*. I have a philosophy that we all see a different film when we watch the same one, but at the same time, we're all watching the same footage. It's not so intricately personal as theatre where a slightly different play is performed on each night that it runs, and, even if you and some friends go to the same night, depending on where you're sat and how you interpret things, you each arguably see a different play. In fact, there's potentially an infinite amount of different plays to be seen even on one night.

Anyways, to wrap up this ramble, speaking for myself, 2011 may well be the year that theatre gives cinema the first beating in my life. I know that my sister and I are going to see Fiennes in "The Tempest" in September. That still leaves time for another film to match the tally, if there is indeed anything else worth seeing this year. But then I'm sure I could fit in another play or two and maybe, come new year's eve, be able to say that "I've seen more theatre than film this year!" and revel in how much more geeky a person that makes me. ;) (I certainly want to see Grantham Dramatic Society's "Going Postal" at the end of November/start of December - a Discworld play just a few minutes down the A1? Yes, I think so!)

With visitng the cinema often costing more than at least the amdram performances, I don't see why I shouldn't choose to see a play rather than a movie, the latter which will no doubt be on DVD in 8 weeks anyway... ;)

--x-posted to http://jurious.livejournal.com/
jurious: Quote from Puck in a MSND (MSND)
Damn you, limited monetary funds!

This is getting ridiculous... the more theatre I browse, the more I wanna go see. Patrick Stewart in "The Merchant of Venice" at the RSC! Gawd's sake... I only have so much money. :S


Jul. 29th, 2011 01:55 pm
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I've not been feeling too hot this week. I've had my nine consecutive days at work but, owing to my need to cover other peoples' shifts whilst they're on holiday (all right for some...), I've had to get up at 4am on seven of those nine days. I don't think I've had enough sleep, and the total disruption of my routine has meant that my body has given me the middle finger and I feel like pooh. I'm glad my weekend off is here! Time to recuperate.

I've been doing some doodling, as per usual. This one might be worth psychoanalysis since I was in a very low, unhappy place when I drew it. And, like when your characters run away with themselves when you write fiction, this picture just *happened* of its own accord. I've no idea why I want to draw a wolf with That Man but it asked to be done. *shrug* And a very unhappy wolf by the look of it.

'Ventage' doodle... )

Meanwhile this is a WIP for *another* MSND doodle - because, apparently, I'm not dun with that topic yet. Sketch of Oberon and Puck, and Titania with the Changling. They're all so cool that they walk into gale force winds, too. ;) Heheh. There's something wrong with Oberon's legs, I swear it - what do you guys think?

MSND Doodle )

I'm excited because I've discovered there's going to be a theatre production of the Discworld novel "Going Postal" later this year at Grantham, which is prolly about 15 miles down the A1 from me. Cool! That'll be my first ever Discworld play. It runs from Wednesday November 30th until Saturday December 3rd, which is the week after Hogswatch in Wincanton. (I don't know if there are any other Discworld fans in my region, or any who would like to travel to the East Mids to see the play, but if you wanna come with, get in touch and let's organise something! It'll be fun!) For more info, clickety-click: http://www.granthamdramaticsociety.co.uk/p/latest-production.html

There's also gonna be a one-day-run of (guess what?) "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Lincoln at the start of September. Debating whether or not to go. It'll have a lot to live up to, after all. ;)


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