Monday, December 12, 2005

Edward aux mains d'argent

Went to see Edward Scissorhands at Saddlers Wells last night, and it was truly magical. Now I know that it seems that I record all my theatrical experiences as fantastic. But, recently that is due to the quality of the productions seen. I have to admit, I was not as excited about seeing Scissorhands as my friend was. But, come the event, and like the film, it was magical. The star is Tim Burton's story and the Elfman music, which is fabulous. That is what really makes it magical and Christmas. The Bourne choreography, well we have seen before. That said, I was surprised how well it translated to dance. At first I thought it should have been a musical. But very soon thereafter I realised Edward's lack of communication skills so leant itself to it's musical translation. Communicating through expression and movement really suited the piece. It was wonderful.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Jerry Springer, The Opera

From Equity (the British Actors' Union):

You may have read in the press that both Sainsbury’s and Woolworths have withdrawn from sale DVDs of Jerry Springer - The Opera after receiving complaints from the public. This is the same production of Jerry Springer - The Opera which was subject to protests when the BBC screened it.

When Equity approached the two companies, Sainsbury's press office said that they had received around 20 complaints but Woolworths would not reveal the number of complaints it had received other than to say it was "substantial".

Equity is very concerned about the action of the two companies and General Secretary Christine Payne has issued the following statement:

"Equity is opposed to the action which Woolworths and Sainsbury's have taken on two grounds. Firstly, Equity strongly supports artistic freedom and equally strong opposes censorship in all its forms, however offended any individual may feel themselves to be by a particular piece of dramatic art.

“Secondly, Equity members derive income from the sales of recorded material, including DVDs, and so stand to lose income from actions such as these.

"Equity is inviting all of its members to make their views known to Sainsbury’s and Woolworths about these acts of censorship."

If you wish to contact Sainsbury's with your views you can visit and complete an e-mailable form or call their general enquiry line on 0800 636 262.

If you wish to contact Woolworths you can send an e-mail to or call the company's headquarters on 020 7262 1222.

Or you can wirte to the CEO of Sainsbury's:
Justin King
c/o Sainsbury’s
33 Holborn
London EC1N 2HT

A few email addresses: (CEO) but his emails are handled by a Contact Centre (Chairman) (Director of Customer Marketing) (Head of General Merchandising i.e. non-food) (Director of Trading) (Head of Customer Service)

Where Was I?

Erm, well it's not as if anyone reads this, yet (I think). I don't quite know how to work the counter, but I know someone who does, probably, and I will ask them. And I have also lost track of the last information I posted...ah yes. Sunday in the Park had been cancelled and I was about to go see Mary Stuart.

Mary Stuart was fantastic. I go to the theatre often, and this play blew me away. It's a new translation by Peter Oswald of a play written by Friedrich Schiller (he recently re-translated Schiller's Don Carlos to similar acclaim). It's about the last days of Mary Queen of Scots which in this translation becomes a fast paced and absorbing thriller. Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer play the two Queens (Elizabeth I and Mary). Both portrayals are charismatic and powerful. The quality or writing and acting is second to none. I had to go to see it for a second time.

I cannot recommend this production enough. Harriet Walters won the Evening Standard best actress award for her role ten or so days ago. Go see it.

I have re-arranged Sunday (in the Park) for Sunday.


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