Sunday 21 January 2007

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Photos taken Sunday 21 January 2007
The Stage / Shenton's View / The play(wright)'s the thing….

I'm sure you don't mean to write off all of the Mime Festival, or all group-devised works, but your piece does sound a little like that.

Admittedly, on the one hand I know what you mean. I saw Compangnie Philippe Genty last night and it was a big disappointment — a sequence of very impressive images but with little narrative or emotion to hold it together into something I could feel involved with. Like a dance piece with the dance removed.

I also saw Faulty Optic's production at the ICA, part of which was quite entertaining puppet work, but some of it was a slow meander with a video camera around a large set they'd built, the images projected on a screen. Not the most involving experience I've had.

On the other hand Inspector Sands and Stamping Ground Theatre's 'Hysteria' was wonderful — funny and involving. A devised work, but given that it involved a fair bit of spoken text it's perhaps pushing the limits of what could be counted as mime.

I guess I'm saying that seeming to write so much theatre off because of one show is a bit mean. As with mime or devised works, the number of disappointing scripted plays I've attended greatly outnumber the excellent productions, but I still keep going back in hope.

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  • 12:30pm: Off to see the London maps exhibition at the British Library.
  • 04:47pm: Catching up on a rather neglected Samuel Pepys.
  • 07:59pm: Realising the weekend is a few hours too short to get done all that I wanted. Reluctantly giving up to go and relax for what's left of it.

Music listened to most that week

  1. The Sundays (22)
  2. Cocteau Twins (22)
  3. Saloon (21)
  4. Jacob Borshard (15)
  5. Brian Eno (11)
  6. Jamie Radford (11)
  7. Solveig Slettahjell (11)
  8. Robyn (11)
  9. Bishop Allen (8)
  10. Kraftwerk (7)

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