In fact, that’s my plan for this evening. I’m going to watch Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, about which I know no more than the accompanying blurb on the website. But, I decided this is cultural exploration week and the opera is free, so what have I got to lose?
The rules are, I treat the performances I’m watching as though I’m physically there (within reason). This means, no phone and I have to stay for the whole thing, but I’m allowed to pause to refill my wine glass.
This week I watched:
Oklahoma!, starring Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman in a National Theatre production from the 80s. While I love a musical, I haven’t been a big fan of this one. I saw it when I was young and absolutely didn’t understand the ballet sequence, and had a general impression that the whole thing was long and a bit dull. So it definitely seemed worth re-exploring. This was a great production and I’m glad to have been reintroduced to some classic show tunes.
BalletBoyz show Ripple, via Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage on Facebook. I struggle with some contemporary dance because I don’t know how to read it. While I admired the technique and skill in this performance, I mostly didn’t actually like it. Then again, that’s not always the point of art, is it? Sadler’s Wells are making more performances available as well so I’ll keep checking in.
Bruce Springsteen on Broaday, via Netflix. Which I loved so, so much, and which delivered the definitive performance of Born in the USA. Even the most obtuse listener could have no excuse for continuing to think it’s anthemic. I mostly don’t care about live shows, the benefit of experiencing the performance live is countered by the horror of being in a big crowd of people. But I really, really wish I had seen this live, and now I’ll be digging out the Bruce backlist and working my way through again. So Friday night with Brooooce and a couple of glasses of wine? There’s nothing to complain about in that.
I’ve done a couple of online yoga classes as well, via Facebook Liv and I’ve booked ahead for upcoming streaming theatre from the National. Jane Eyre is on next Thursday, and then later in April it’s Twelfth Night with Tamsin Greig. So all in all I continue not to struggle with being required to stay mostly at home. My challenge is that there’s so much to do, how do I choose?!
Meanwhile, to keep me busy today, I bought Cain’s Jawbone, which is a literary puzzle. It’s a 100 page novel but the pages are in the wrong order, so as the reader you have to figure out the correct order and identify the murderers. It was written in the 1930s by Torquemada, the Observer’s cryptic crossword creator, and it’s only known to have been solved twice. I don’t rate my chances at all but hey, I’ve got some spare time.