Sunday, 27 March 2011

I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sundays - a review

It's not often that you can attend a world premiere. Much less often on the 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright; one among the greatest of the past century.

This is however what I managed to pull off yesterday by attending a performance of an unpublished, never-performed, 1970 work by Tennessee Williams: I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sundays at the Cock Tavern Theatre in Kilburn. And a treat it was too.

This production is only one of a winning streak since the appointment of Adam Spreadbury-Maher as artistic director two years ago. This includes a lovely and highly appropriate version of La Bohème (my review for Londonist here).

Lewis Hayes as Tye, Shelley Lang as Jane and Cameron Harris as Director. Photo: Rocco Redondo
Cameron Harris as Director tries to convince Lewis Hayes as Tye and Shelley Lang as Jane to say their lines. Photo: Rocco Redondo.

Once again the creative team have managed to make the best use of the intimate (some may say cramped) space that is the Cock Theatre. Some of the actors are seated among the audience who become even more involved in the last dress rehearsal of the play they are witnessing. A play within a play.

The play is typical Williams, a point emphasised be the casting of a Williams look-alike in the role of the playwright. The weak oversexed macho man, the strong young woman out of her depth with the situation, the oppressive, decadent and deleterious American South, some gory back story.

This is the work of a disillusioned and substance-abusing master who hasn't seen success for some years and is passing comment on a theatre industry which deems so much of his work inappropriate and not enough of a money spinner, forgetting artistic and creative considerations in the process.

The play is not perfect but it is very good indeed and it was a real treat witness such strong performances.

This play has now closed by the Cock have another treat in reserve for us. Another Williams premier in the shape of A Cavalier for Milady. One of Williams's very last works. On the strength of what I saw yesterday, I'll be sure to drag my sorry arse all the way to Kilburn to see it.

Happy Birthday, Mr Williams.

I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sundays
Directed by Hamish Macdougall
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A Cavalier for Milady
Directed by Gene David Kirk
29th March - 23 April
Cock Tavern Theatre
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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Walk for Love III


Below is the result of my live tweeting of the third Walk For Love, including a few pics - start at the bottom. More pictures are available on Flickr by clicking on the image above.

The event on Sunday 06 March, started at Poplar DLR station and ended in Cabot Place in Canary Wharf. The aim is to counter with a message of love a hate campaign using stickers to declare part of the East End a "gay free zone"


Next #helpyourselftolove walk on Friday
[11th March]. 6pm Shoreditch Town Hall. See you there people :)
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He said people could come and talk to him about the issue anytime.
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The head of security for Canary Wharf has just been down to chat to us. Very supportive and positive
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RT @MODERN1ST: Help Yourself to LOVE @ Poplar DLR Station http://instagr.am/p/CDGMi/
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Tea and warmth break
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Apparently they've had loads everyday for about a week. And some good CCTV footage...
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been spotted by Canary Wharf's own Big Brother. Their delegate was very friendly. Said they'd been removing stickers
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#helpyourselftolove in Canary Wharf http://twitpic.com/46ua1l
[image reproduced above]
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Police also told us they are making great progress in finding who is behind this hate campaign
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We haven't spotted any stickers so far but were told by police officers that they are actively removing them
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Have walked down Poplar High Street now going towards Canary Wharf
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Walk of love III (@ Poplar DLR Station) http://4sq.com/gWhVJf

You can read about Walk for Love II here.

Walk for Love II

Below is the result of my live tweeting of the second Walk For Love, including a few (bad) pics) - start at the bottom.

The event on Friday 25 February, started at the Shoreditch Town Hall and found its circuitous way around part of East London to end in Brick Lane. The aim is to counter with a message of love a hate campaign using stickers to declare part of the East End a "gay free zone"


Back on Brick Lane. This is where live twitting of the #helpyourselftolove walk stops. Thanks for reading. See you next week :)
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A few people have asked us what we were all about. Reaction to the word gay was muted but not hostile
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Sheep of Love are live sheep at the Spitalfield City Farm #mysterysolved
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There will be another walk next friday. Check out Facebook for details
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Oops. Got a bit lost there for a sec
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We are being promised the Sheep of Love #intriguing
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We are at Osmani Primary School
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RT @scottbert I've been clearing them off round Marsh Wall/Canary Wharf area...no mention of them in the press here tho
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We are now at Wodeham Gardens. There seems to more around here
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The council has been doing some cleaning apparently. Two remnants on bottom right http://twitpic.com/43oee5
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This one is a fresh one on a bin http://twitpic.com/43odsg
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Thankfully attitudes are shifting as shown by the support from the MCB
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This sort of attitude will not help change the bad image of some Muslims
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Apparently the mosque has been spoken to but refused to speak to the organisers. Nice!
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Passing the mosque. Shame it looks closed otherwise we could have gone and ask them for their thoughts
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We must have reached about 30 people now
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On Whitechapel Road
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Spreading the love at the bet shop http://twitpic.com/43o5gj
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Defaced anti-gay sticker on the door of a betting shop http://twitpic.com/43o4zb
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If you want to make instant friends, just walk down the lane. The restaurant touts are certainly spreading the love
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The Muslim Council of Britain, the police and Hackney Council are all supporting us
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Having a filmed interview with journalism student outside the Beigel Shop on Brick Lane
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Going down Brick Lane
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Outside Shoreditch station
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Walking back down Shoreditch High street
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anti-gay campaign we are walking against, *ostensibly* from Muslims is a national campaign. posters appeared in Brum 2
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#helpyourselftolove at the Joiner's Arms http://twitpic.com/43nsrw
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Now at the Joiner's Arms.
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To find out more about what we are doing search for #helpyourselftolove ( not in one word) on Facebook
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I lied. First stop is the George and Dragon another local gay pub. Onward.
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First stop: the Joiner's Arms. The local gay pub that was invaded by a group of homophobic youths.
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About 25 of us so far.
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Gathering for a walk in the area to spread a bit of anti-homophobic love (@ Shoreditch Town Hall) [pic]: http://4sq.com/hdK9AD