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The more astute among you will possibly realise I rather like Richard Armitage.  Even the guy at work who transferred all my phone details to my new phone probably knows this, although he may not realise who it is.

So, recently RA did the voice for one of the characters on Castlevania, an anime of a computer game thingy on Netflix.  I do not like anime, I don't play computer games and I don't have Netflix.  But ...  It turned out with Netflix you get a one month free trial before having to start paying - so there was nothing lost.  And there were only four episodes of about 20-25 minutes each, which meant I could space them out nicely over four days.  Or in fact, watch all four in an evening.  Much to my surprise I enjoyed it, and am now looking forward to the new season next year.  Yes, there is a lot of swearing, and blood and gore (but if I can sit in the front row for Titus Andronicus I can cope), but in fact it was fun.

RA has also been in a film called Pilgrimage.  At first I wasn't going to watch it (lots more violence and unpleasantness) but the premise sounded interesting, and the question of the role of religion in the lives of the people is one I'm interested in.  So, when [personal profile] vix_spes  said she'd got a copy of the DVD for £7 from Sainsbury's I nipped into one on my way to work - and it went through the till for a fiver.  It's an interesting film, which I might watch again.  A proportion of the film is in Irish or French, and the subtitles weren't very easy to see - or at least not from my position behind the ironing board (no guilt whatsoever to watching a DVD during the day if I'm doing the ironing!) but I was taken with it.  And not just because of Raymond de Merville.

And I'm still waiting for Berlin Station to make it to Netflix UK!
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Firstly, I'm picking up on Guylty's word press encouraging the RA fandom to share things for Valentine's Day, so if anyone wants a drabble/ficlet starring Guy or Lucas or Thorin, leave me a comment.

Secondly, my Small Fandom Bang Call The Midwife fic is written, and someone has signed up to do the artwork, which is exciting.  However, it does need beta-ing, so if anyone fancies looking at 10K of fic, please let me know.

On a similar vein, I've been having fun this year with the Frodo Flash Fiction Challenge FFFC which is a weekly multi-fandom challenge comm, with various different challenges, and I'm delighted Okapi1895 had joined me there.  I've written 1,000 words of Guy/Much for the rare pairs challenge and again need a beta.

Other than that fan_flashworks is celebrating five years of existence and there are two new badges for this month only if anyone fancies joining.

It's ushowbi WIP month, so I'm picking up Watson1918 again with the aim of finishing Chapter 4.  After which I'm hoping there'll only be one more chapter.

And lastly I signed up for Gen Bingo on DW, and had the brilliant idea of writing a Bilbo/Thorin AU one chapter for each of the five squares needed for a bingo.  I wonder whether the Ferret would like a plot bunny for a snack?
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Another three points make a post.

I have worked one day at my new job and am in the middle of three days not working.  I've sorted my bedroom and taken two large bags of clothing to the charity shop.  I suspect some of the dresses in my wardrobe are the daughter's - one is bright pink, so definitely not mine.  I've sorted paperwork, binned dentist appointments from last year, recycled umpteen envelopes, shredded receipts for the past year and filed a year's worth of bank statements.  And SM and I went out for lunch and a walk by the canal this afternoon, since it had managed not to rain.  I'm not sure when I last had such a comprehensive clear out - obviously more than a year ago!

I watched the season finale of Hannibal last night.  It was dramatic as would be expected.  Unsurprisingly I was very taken with Richard Armitage's portrayal of Francis Dolarhyde, but wish there could have been more done to show why he acted as he did.

And lastly, because this is a pairing everyone should ship I bring to you [livejournal.com profile] china_shop 's Making Good Use of the Time which is Tobemory(Wombles)/Gonzo(Muppets).

Small Hobbit over and out!
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Sunday saw me heading to London to see the final part of The Hobbit trilogy.  I met up with the same group of friends (more or less) who I had seen the previous two parts with and we went to the same cinema.  I am very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] trillsabells for encouraging me to join them for the first part, it's been a truly memorable journey.

The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies )
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This afternoon [livejournal.com profile] moonlightmead and I went to see the screening of The Crucible at Cineworld in Gloucester Quays.  The story of why Mead was with me, and the detour that we made, will have to be another post, this one is purely about the play/film.

I was delighted when they decided to film the play, and even happier when I realised I could see it locally and that the second screening wasn't on a Brownie night.  I would have liked to see the play again, but it was a sell out and going to London isn't always that easy (or cheap).  I understand that some cinemas sold out - Gloucester isn't the height of culture and there were plenty of empty seats, but the utter silence from those watching is testament to how much those who were there appreciated the opportunity.

I'd read that they'd tried to do something special with the filming of the play and to me it worked very well.  Although they had captured the play in its entirety it felt like we were watching a film.  For the scenery changes between acts the actors were made to look ghost-like which worked extremely well.  There were occasional shots which included the audience but there was never the feeling that they were being filmed for their reactions.  At times we could see the microphone lines taped to the actors, but that was really the only indication that this was a filmed play.

I found the play just as compelling as when I saw it live and it dragged me through the same set of emotions.  A few times it lacked the power it had on stage - when the girls are mimicking Mary in the courtroom scene was one - purely because watching live you have the ability to look around more, rather than having the direction of your view dictated.  And I no longer felt I was having to restrain myself from going onto the stage, either to confront the judge or comfort Proctor.  But that's inevitable when watching a screen rather than from the third row.  I was sitting next to someone who had been in the upper circle at the Old Vic and they were delighted at being able to see the action from much closer.

And yes, watching Richard Armitage go through the range of emotions once more was wonderful.  I was so pleased that I had been able to see John Proctor again.
smallhobbit: (Brutus)
I managed 21 plays this year, more than ever before.  This was because SM found a number of plays that he thought would be worth seeing, so I went to things I wouldn’t have chosen otherwise.  The full list:

21 plays and my thoughts on the year )
smallhobbit: (Cat)
The Rules: during the next five days, post three positive things about your day and ask three people to do the same so the positive attitude can gain some ground.

What do you do when you know you should be blogging, and you don't know what to write - hunt round for another meme of course.  So thank you to [livejournal.com profile] vaysh for nominating me.

1.  Yesterday we put up the posters I bought when I went to see The Crucible.  So today I have been wandering around the house smiling at Richard Armitage.  I have one poster on our bedroom wall, opposite me when I sit up in bed - those of you who have seen the posters can probably work out which one this is ;)  There is one by the living room door, which I look at every time I come down the stairs.  And the last one is watching over me when I sit on my settee.  The posters themselves are quite dark, so we had to be strategic in where we put them, since our living room isn't particularly bright, but they go very well.  It may be, of course, that I am biased, but they fit in two spaces were rather well.

2.  I led Morning Gathering at work today and told the story of Edith Cavell.  I'm not sure whether it was because I was telling the story rather than reading it, but it seemed to hold everyone's attention really well.

3.  Afterwards I went to find one of the residents who had gone to the wrong workshop.  When I told him I'd come to find him because he was doing art, he linked arms with me and we walked back up arm in arm.

And now I'm nominating [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles [livejournal.com profile] complexlight and [livejournal.com profile] owlbsurfinbird.  Who can either take up the challenge or throw cake at me - either will do ;)
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Although I’d heard about The Crucible, I’d never seen a performance, but the chance to see Richard Armitage at the Old Vic Theatre, in London, was one I was not going to miss.  And then having booked a ticket there was the inevitable wait, with everyone else having apparently seen it.  But now I have seen it, it was worth the wait, because I am sure that it’s going to be one of the highlights of my theatre going year.

I didn’t know the play, although I had some idea of what it was about.  I found myself really disliking some of the characters, but at the same time drawn into the play – a tribute to both playwriting and acting.  It was set in the round and I was on one side of the stage in the third row.  From that position I wanted to get up and do something and truly participate, which I believe was the intention.

I thought Anna Madeley, who played Elizabeth Proctor, was very good – having to tread the path between being an almost cold character, but whose real love for her husband became clear by the end of the play.  And Natalie Gavin, playing Mary Warren, showed clearly how an individual’s horror at her actions and her intentions to do the right thing can become subsumed by the power of the group.  I imagine that other play goers would pick out different actors, there was such a depth to the company.

And then Richard Armitage as John Proctor.  I’ve written elsewhere of the fear that a film/television actor I like may not be as good on stage.  I was fairly confident that he would be good – I’ve avoided reviews, but it’s impossible not to see the headlines – but he was excellent.  If I wanted to confront some of the characters with what they were doing, I was even keener to comfort John Proctor when his wife was taken away.  And I watched intently when he stripped off his shirt to have a wash – I suspect I was not alone in this!  The range of emotions that John Proctor goes through – it’s a long play, three and a half hours including interval – is vast and Richard Armitage nailed them all.

The play itself is disturbing, the acting throughout was great and Richard Armitage was amazing.  What more can I say?

 

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