Well, I had a SIMPLY MARVELLOUS day of theatre yesterday. Sometimes you come away from a couple of shows knowing you’ll never ever think about them again, and sometimes you really strike gold.
Yesterday started off at Operation Greenfield at the Soho Theatre. It’s by Little Bulb theatre co and all I knew of it is that Lyn Gardner liked it and that, frankly, is all the recommendation I need. It’s nice to go into a show not really knowing what’s going to happen, and Operation Greenfield is that kind of show where you still don’t really know what’s going to happen up until the final moments. It was awesome. Basically, four Christian teenagers are in a band and want to win this talent competition thing with a song about Gabriel and Zachariah and some other people from the Bible who I’d never heard of before yesterday. (They have all these instruments and props and stuff lying around onstage like Filter do.) Deep down it’s really about pubescent awkwardness though, and they have that absolutely fucking nailed.
In the evening I met up with a couple of new Twitter people which was nice, and saw Kafka’s Monkey at the Young Vic, which I’d wanted to see when it was in Manchester back before I moved in 2009. Kathryn Hunter plays a ‘former’ ape who is giving a talk about his transformation into a man, and it was an absolutely stunning physical performance. Everything I could say about how real she was has been said a million times before, but she embodied the monkey so much that it seemed to actually change her physically. I was v impressed.