BMEWS
 
When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Thursday - December 12, 2013

curtain up, Q the orch.

It always happens to me or almost always. I boot for specific reason or reasons. I need to find something lost. I see an email waiting for me from a friend in music, and naturally whatever it was I was originally looking for drops down a slot as I discovered my friend has found something I lost long ago and so sent me a link. Well, what would you do?  I had to go to the link and now my original plan is number three in the que.  In another 30 seconds I forget what my plan or search was for and so abandon all hope of finding my way back. 

At about that point my wife comes through for her morning tea and I stop her and tell her to look at the inside page of one of our papers.  Take a look at London I tell her.  Paper says flights cancelled or diverted and the air lanes are a mess. Late and missed flights etc. All due to London fog.  Ah ha.  That’s where I was when I started.  London fog. I thought the photo and article fairly interesting especially since I could combine the story with music.  ( I was going to post Sinatra’s “Foggy Day in London Town” but on reflection decided I really didn’t like that version much. ) So back on track, right?  Well, not so fast P.
Cos while I grabbed a photo and scrolling for the story I wanted to copy here, hold the phone.  What’s this?  Woo-Hoo and CRIVENS I never saw Dianna Rigg like this before.  I had a major crush on her once.  I think I’m still in love with the memory.
So I got sidetracked again because hey people …. this is a love story. Mine. I had to see what this was about.  So my original story now recalled, once again got put in second place but hey at least it’s back in the game.

It feels like a million years since I saw a stage play.  I rather enjoyed the odd two or three I saw and especially was thrilled many years ago seeing Walter Matthau on stage in DC, in “The Odd Couple.” It later became a TV series.  Now if you looked that up you’d see how long ago it was.  I always had a somewhat passing interest in reading about theaters and plays etc. and read reviews even though I don’t attend.

But this caught my eye and attention.

image

Not the greatest or smartest looking photo I’ve seen but she’s still a beauty here, even among the weird looking .... what?  Are they dancers? Whatever they were supposed to be. I don’t think I’d have cared to be in the audience.
Anyway .... this is the next part that came with the photo.  I think I might want the book.

Not all right on the night

In his research for a new book, The National Theatre Story, Daniel Rosenthal found that even star-studded shows don’t go without a hitch. He recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg.

Stage managers are a phlegmatic breed and, if the house style of their nightly show reports at the National Theatre is anything to go by, their sense of humour is bone-dry.

Since 1963, National Theatre actors have given tens of thousands of performances at the Old Vic and on the South Bank, but, with just one performance per run audio or video recorded for archive purposes, only a tiny fraction of these shows endure. For all the rest, the most tangible records are the reports typed up by the stage manager soon after curtain-down, and stored in the NT Archive.

These pro-forma, A4 sheets ( A4 is Brit speak for 8x10) give basic information, including start and finish times for each act, length of interval, details of any absentees and who covered their roles. Sometimes a performance is momentarily brought to life by the section headed “Remarks” or, latterly, “Comments”. Here, stage managers always hope to write “Full house. Clean show. Standing ovation”, and, far more often than not, no problems are noted. But in live theatre it will never be all right every night…

Jumpers (Old Vic, 1972–73)

Stage manager: Jackie Harvey. Cast included Diana Rigg, and a mechanical prop tortoise
Wednesday 23 February 1972 “Fluff from Miss Rigg’s gown caught in her throat early in Act 1 and remained until interval: very painful; affected her voice.”

Tuesday 29 February 1972 “Tortoise head fell off during Act 1. This is the third time that this has happened. Please could the design be changed.”
-end-


avatar

Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/12/2013 at 04:24 PM   
Filed Under: • Art-PhotographyHumor •  
Comments (0) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  
Page 1 of 1 pages

Five Most Recent Trackbacks:

meaningless marching orders for a thousand travellers ... strife ahead ..
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Casual Blog
[...] RTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPL [...]
On: 07/17/17 08:28

a small explanation
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at yerba mate gourd
Find here top quality how to prepare yerba mate without a gourd that's available in addition at the best price. Get it now!
On: 07/09/17 07:07

The Real Stuff
(2 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Candy Blog
[...] LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL PARTIES IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE J [...]
On: 06/11/17 10:40

when rape isn't rape but only sexual assault
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Trouser Blog
[...] took another century of Inquisition and repression to completely eradicate the [...]
On: 06/07/17 03:37

french bodyguards forget their guns ... oh dear, oh dear
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Corps Blog
[...] AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND AL [...]
On: 06/06/17 10:57



DISCLAIMER
Allanspacer

THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE HOSTS OF THIS SITE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS.

Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

THE INFORMATION AND OTHER CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE ARE DESIGNED TO COMPLY WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS WEBSITE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL PARTIES IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE AMERICAN COURTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPLICABLE IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, THEN THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE ACCESSED BY PERSONS FROM THAT COUNTRY AND ANY PERSONS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO SUCH LAWS SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO USE OUR SERVICES UNLESS THEY CAN SATISFY US THAT SUCH USE WOULD BE LAWFUL.


Copyright © 2004-2015 Domain Owner



GNU Terry Pratchett


Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
free counters