THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
at the Court Theatre
One toad. A whole lot of trouble!
Written by Kenneth Grahame
Adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett
Music and additional lyrics by Jeremy Sams
Directed by Ross Gumbley
Musical Direction by Richard Marrett
The set was impressive, costumes quirky and inventive. Effects and moving props surprising and inventive. And the acting/singing up to the usual standards of the Court Theatre.
The only problem was the script. It just wasn’t that memorable or inventive. It’s essentially the same story that has been told in various media: Toady crashes cars, gets into trouble an the rats take over Toad Hall. Toady rallies his mates to take it back and preserve the essential British Class system.
World-renowned crime-writing author Jack Rudd visits Brokenwood to give a reading at the local book club from his latest novel – but never leaves, falling victim to a method of murder portrayed in his own book.
Director: Aidee Walker
Producer: Sally Campbell
Mike NEILL REA
Kristin FERN SUTHERLAND
D.C. Breen NIC SAMPSON
Gina CRISTINA IONDA
Mrs Marlowe ELIZABETH MCRAE
Jared PANA HEMA-TAYLOR
Petra LUCY WIGMORE
Reverend Greene ROY WARD
Maxine ANNA BAIRD
Toni TONI POTTER
Lindy LILY POWELL
Hamish BLAIR STRANG
Inevitable Ascension (Inevitable Ascension #1) by V.K. McAllister (2016)
Violina had been burned and betrayed by mankind ever since she sprang into existence. They named her a heretic and condemned her to a pit to live and die in agony. Though she sat stranded, starved and bloodied, she would not submit. Violina, the girl who had been mocked and hunted for rejecting the warped ideals of artificial authority, would lay down her own law.
This has got to be one of the strangest books I have read. It features two female protagonists, but you don’t get to know who their characters are.
It has time-travel, but it’s always difficult to tell where in time you are. Things are never really explained well. Just what is going on and how things fit together is not clear.
But fundamentally it is never established what the goal or central conflict of the story is. So it’s surprising that I finished it. The words seemed to flow together in some kind of semi-readable narrative.
Was it good, NO. While competently written, I can’t recommend this to anyone. It’s a very strange experience.
Michael “resets” Chidi, causing Chidi to instantaneously re-experience his memories.
The whole of the episode takes place, in Chidi’s head in the micro-second it takes for Michael to snap his fingers.
During his childhood, his arguing parents reconcile after he lectures them against divorce, only to later find out they went to counselling.
As an adult, his girlfriend Allesandra breaks up with him over this obsession and his thesis adviser drops him over his lack of emotional perspective and inability to address a single meaningful question.
When he wakes and learns of the situation, he is at peace with the idea that many or zero answers may exist. He reads his note: “There is no ‘answer.’ But Eleanor is the answer.”
Ford v Ferrari (titled Le Mans ’66 in other territories) is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller.
It stars Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby
and Christian Bale as Ken Miles.
The plot follows a team of American engineers and designers who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
A great film that does not flag during it’s 2.5 hours.