Sunday, January 11, 2009

White fur, not them and cast of four.

1. A second frosty day and every twig has a white fur coating.

2. At the market, the goats cheese man blows his fingers. The fishmongers hands are blue and red raw. I'm glad to be going home.

3. A Christmas present of a trip to the theatre, John Buchan's The 39 Steps. A cast of four chase a villainous German spy from London to Scotland via music hall and a shadow puppet show. On the playwriting course I did, we were often told that a script has more chance of being accepted if it will turn into a low-budget play. That might sound sad, but actually the challenge of working with a limited cast and simple (or non-existant) scenery inspires.


  1. all exceptional pictures now implanted in my brain sandy

  2. great word pictures. The 39 Steps reminds me of the 1930s black and white which was so good - it was also very spare -

  3. I know what you mean. I've always been a fan of those all in one room with just two or three people plays - 'The Glass Menagerie' is one of my favourites.

  4. I did Glass Menagerie at GCSE -- I didn't really appreciate it at the time; but looking back now, I can see what a clever and fascinating piece of work it is. I love the unicorn that had an operation to make him like the horses.

    I'd love to see the 39 Steps film -- funnily enough, it was on TV the night we came back from the theatre. But we were 39ed out, so we didn't watch it.


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