Tusk Tusk was another play about a dysfunctional family with an addled mother (absentee mother this time) and several wild kids as the result.
It felt a bit like more of the same to us, which was a shame because we (perhaps unreasonably) expected more from Polly Stenham on the back of her stunningly good first play.
Still, some excellent performances from the youngsters (this must have been the first time we saw the excellent Bel Powley, for example) and the usual Royal Court quality of production, even when the play is being done upstairs.
Say what you like about Daisy, but she does like a nice bit of castrati.
So we made a second visit to the Wigmore Hall that month (a busy start there in 2009 generally in fact) to see this lovely concert, with Daniel Taylor providing the counter-tenor equivalent of castrati singing and Rachel Brown providing beautiful flute and recorder performances.
Wall only ran for a few nights, so we did well to catch it. I thought Via Dolorosa was a fine piece, laced with great drama as well as interesting things to say. This felt comparatively preachy, about the ghastly Israel-Palestine separation barrier.
Perhaps it is so clear to me that the barrier is a bad idea, that being lectured about it by David Hare seemed surplus to requirements.
I saw the links with Berlin of course, but enjoyed the Wall part less and certainly learnt less.
An unusual timing and location for the Middlesex pre-season forum in 2009.
Timing – about a month before the AGM rather than as part of it.
Location – the Long Room, nach.
Barmy Kev reported on it at length on MTWD and I chimed in with some comments – otherwise, in truth, the detail might have been lost to my memory completely – I only vaguely recalled it even when I read the following piece:
I’m not sure whether I made it to the Seaxe Club AGM (31 March) or the actual MCCC AGM (7 April) that year. I don’t recall them and I can see that I did a shout out to other MTWDniks such as Barmy Kev (unsuccessfully) to try to get cover for those.