Ute Lemper. Edinburgh Festival. Usher Hall

Some performers reach down into your soul,infuse you with awe and leave you stunned. Rare.Ute Lemper is one

Usher Hall,Edinburgh. Packed. Scottish Chamber Orchestra,subtle in its brilliance led by Lawrence Foster.
He wrapped up the orchestra, danced with them, pulled them this way and that with great love, joy and panache. Stunning.
Ute. Every breath, every note, every inflection, every raised eyebrow was perfection . She didn’t just interpret the songs with brilliance, she lived them, reached out and gifted them to us,captivated us and drew us in to live them too.

Ferre’s Avec Le Temps. Transported.
The decadence and dark richness of German cabaret . We were there.
The delicate beauty of the yearning of love. We were in love and heartbroken.

There are no words.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The Decline and Fall of Marcus Distilius

Venue 36 (North Bridge)

I just adore raw student talent.
These young, very bright brains have produced a searingly smart take on the perils of instant celebrity and ensuing arrogance.
This has always been what theatre is about for me – a topic acutely observed and delivered to you with seeming ease and great charm. If you have an hour, this is worth seeing. 11.40 each day.

Baby Doll Pajamas

Pajama Game Shaftesbury Theatre

You have to get over the spelling
It’s up there in big lights for the duration

The show is funny, energetic, colourful, clever.
West End musical just the way you want it.
Fine, talented performances all round.

Claire Machin, you are very funny

After show drinks. A Granny in the company relates story of weird doll her granddaughter (my grandniece) was sent. Scary, unblinking enormous eyes, a haystack of hair and cloven hoof hands. Child will only wave at it from a distance whilst emitting a strangulated ‘allo’ in vibrant cockney. She is in fight or flight mode.Sounds ghastly I say.

I must never buy another doll online / unseen again.

On the move

Edinburgh Airport

Good move jupiteronline
Mis-spell intuition on your advert and you have got our attention. Brilliant tactic

Airplane
Only the very young can make that creaking gate whiny noise in a continuous fashion that brings you so very close to breaking one of the commandments.Thou shalt not kill

Heathrow express
And hello to the blank stare of mass travellers.

Hotel
Lovely European chap. Takes luggage. Name? Initial?
E
E as in elephant ?
Let’s go with elegant.

Pressure

Front row dress circle side seats in the Edinburgh Lyceum wobble

I’m not really complaining
Lovely box office chap readily swapped my upper circle ticket – can’t go there

A play about a weatherman and the D-Day landings. Mmmm.
Struggling with the enthusiasm required to leave cosy home

So glad I overcame the struggle
Fascinating, gripping, energetic story telling

When the storm erupts, you are holding on to your seat

Well those in my row had to

Relatively Close

Went to see Relative Values at the National
First mistake
It’s on at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Heroic taxi driver navigated the bridge and the Strand, depositing us with six minutes to spare
London cabbies are the best

Sweet theatre

I would like to be Patricia Hodge
So elegant, effortless, classy and seemingly not acting
Wonderful

Caroline Quentin has a wonderful face
Tells the whole story in a look or a raised eyebrow
Rory? Well my jury’s out on that one.
He put his all into it but I didn’t feel at ease and that’s a good indication that it doesn’t quite fit

Neither did I feel at ease when gorgeous young American chap appeared on stage
That was a different unease

Set is worthy of mention
Light and airy
Wonderful to be transported back to a different era
Walked back to the correct hotel

Wolf Hall at the Aldwych

Is fabulous
Delivered as only the RSC can deliver
Thomas Cromwell is mesmerising . Anne Boleyn ,forceful, Henry loving and ruthless . And the serene stillness of Jane Seymour promises much for Bring Up The Bodies

Thought we had made a mistake, though
Demographic of audience was terribly posh,chatty, well bred and educated mainly at Oxford or Cambridge a number of years ago.
Finding one’s seat however was tricky for a fair few.

But they looked as if they had read the book
Not us
It’s a big book.
This might be too challenging for us
No, it was witty and energetic and wonderfully portrayed

What was challenging, for my neighbour, was turning off her phone.
20 minutes in someone phoned her.
It took her quite some time to find it amongst her day’s shopping.
Then it lit up the whole row. Then she had to locate the off button.
Then she had to apologise to us all.

She qualified as one of the bodies to be brought up