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The King & I - Corrosive Shame
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The King & I
Last night I went, with a rather hot-and-bothered quondam, to see The King & I at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.

It started well, in the sense that we had the right night, and found our seats. Then it unfortunately went downhill. In retrospect I should have seen the warning word "romantic" and noticed the demographic of the rest of the audience and fled with my tail between my legs.

I spent the first half of the performance being absolutely ashamed about what was going on on stage - with the cod-oriental accents and blatant racist stereotyping. I appreciate this was probably an overreaction, but was not helped by some members of the cast being about as Asian as Chicken Tikka Masala, singing rather banal songs. I also find it a bit odd listening to musicals with odd and patchy amplification - I'm used to singers being able to sing, and project their voice - not quite tinny moppets who sound creepily like Davros. The second half was slightly better, but maybe that means I was just resigned to the continued aural assault.

The weekends amusements have been rather dashed by the cancellation of the Neuroticfish gig, but I'm considering going to the not-post-show Party after a smattering of SNFNGS; and then to perhaps my favourite English Heritage property - Stokesay Castle - on Sunday.

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huggirl From: huggirl Date: June 24th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
oooh *makes note of castle* everyone should join the English Heritage in my opinion. :o)

Off to Ludlow festival in the next week will make sure I visit
Stokesay......
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 24th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been a member for years. If nothing else it saves me a couple of quid every Whitby :-)

It's a wonderful place - though a little out of town. What's the Ludlow festival?
huggirl From: huggirl Date: June 24th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
http://www.ludlowfestival.co.uk/

Check the site out there's loads on, comedy, plays, jazz etc.....
It's not too far for me as I live in Kidderminster and work in
Tenbury.

There's still may places I haven't been yet but working my way slowly
at least now I have my 'silver' card! :o)
keris From: keris Date: June 24th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Me and the davefish are almost certainly going to the not really aftershow party, so hopefully see you there :o)
dreamfire From: dreamfire Date: June 24th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
might well join you for stokesay. will ask Paul when he gets here tonight.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 24th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Great. We could do Ludlow too perhaps.
dreamfire From: dreamfire Date: June 24th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Ludlow is a town with shops. Nice shops but nevertheless. Not keen.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 24th, 2005 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I've changed my mind anyway - now considering Clun as the second visit. I've been meaning to go there for years.
dreamfire From: dreamfire Date: June 24th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Much more like it. Though I need to keep it to a relatively short day out. I can't risk doing too much walking.
boglin From: boglin Date: June 24th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Stokesay's lovely. I've been there once but I can't rememeber who with. The churchyard next door has got lots of interesting plants, if I remember correctly.
mr_flay From: mr_flay Date: June 24th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Is that the big reddish one we went to? If so, it's splendid!
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 24th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Fancy a trip out? If Kat and Paul are up for it too we could make a day of it, and do Ludlow Castle too.
boglin From: boglin Date: June 24th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
lupercal is very unlikely to be up for it, and I'd feel guilty leaving him on his own. You going Saturday or Sunday? We could always just potter along ourselves if he's feeling better at all.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 24th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sunday.
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