Monthly Archives: November 2006

Illuminated Productions – Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfmann

Illuminated Productions are presenting Ariel Dorfmann’s stunning Death and the Maiden at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th January 2007.

Carlton vets Kristen McGorry and John Gargrave and Ui-debut Dave Eastman star in this powerful moral and political drama, and Carl Whiteside (another Carlton vet) directs.

Performances are at 7:45 each evening with a Saturday matinée at 3pm. Student tickets are just£6.50 for the Tuesday to Thursday evenings and the Saturday matinée (£7.50 for Friday and Saturday night) with a free ticket for every 10 booked.

To book tickets please contact the theatre either at their website or call the Box Office on 0870 060 6646, Groups & Schools: 0870 060 6644 (Open Mon – Sat 9am – 9pm, Sun 10am – 6pm).

For more information on the play, visit the Illuminated website.

No I Haven’t Seen Borat Yet

…and I won’t if Tom Coates’ review is anything to go by. It’s been over-hyped, and from what I have seen of it, it doesn’t have the genius to back it up. I’m with Tom Coates as far as being a prude is concerned – I liked South Park, I liked Team America, I like the Troma movies, I love the music of The Frogs. But I didn’t like Ali G’s series, and I didn’t see the film, once again because of the hype and the sort of people who were raving about it. I particularly didn’t like the boring, “Let’s embarass an ignorant politician” bits, and I gather that is the main thrust of the Borat character as well. But Chris Morris did it a lot better, and with more deserving targets. Even Dennis Pennis was doing it better back in 1995.

Does this mean I don’t like Sacha Baron Cohen? Does this mean I’m anti-semitic? Does this mean I’m a snob? Yes, no, and yes. But sod you.

I’m getting a little tired of people quoting Avenue Q (warning – poxy Flash interface) as well. As far as I can tell, there’s only two songs in it, and both of these only have one line in.

There have been several thing that I’ve been told I “simply must see!”, but years have passed with no ill effects from not seeing Human Traffic, Waynes World, or Austin Powers, so I think I’ll take the risk again this time.