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Feb. 2nd, 2017

12JAN17: The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus - Tony Harrison (Finborough Theatre, London)
Independent review
I liked this a lot: the theatre was very small, the action immediate and the satyrs very loud. Two British archaeologists, working in Oxyrhynchus (Egypt) in the early years of the twentieth century, become entangled with the fragments of the satyr play they've discovered amongst the endless petitions against homelessness. Bernard Grenfell also finds himself unwilling host to an angry Apollo, who wants his cows back.

Small cast, fascinating shifts of metre and rhyme, some truly funny lines and some audience participation: a powerfully moving play about (among other things) cultural elitism, archaeology versus poverty, and clog-dancing.

29JAN17: Black Sabbath: The End (O2, Greenwich)
Telegraph review
Very, very loud. My companion enjoyed this more than I did, but it was bloody good rock all the same, and though I have not kept up with Sabbath I still recognised quite a few of the songs. 'Paranoid' was fab, and the lighting and stagecraft (giant black and purple balloons! Sabbath confetti! close-ups of ageing hands playing guitar!) very effective.
2016/70: The Haunting of Hill House -- Shirley Jackson
"When I am afraid, I can see perfectly the sensible, beautiful not-afraid side of the world, I can see chairs and tables and windows staying the same, not affected in the least, and I can see things like the careful woven texture of the carpet, not even moving. But when I am afraid I no longer exist in any relation to these things. I suppose because things are not afraid." [loc. 1984]

Eleanor Vance is invited by Doctor Montague, an investigator of the supernatural, to stay for the summer in Hill House, an allegedly-haunted country mansion. vaguely spoilery )

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