We Poor Thespians, We Happy Few


I found myself with a walk-on part in tonight's Ovo production of Measure for Measure at the Maltings. Not a play I had ever seen or read before.  My part of Master Fresh was not arduous. I just had to stand on the stage and look gormless while quick repartee flew around me - so no change there then.

The play is certainly thought-provoking, raising issues about sexual morality and law enforcement which could have come straight from Sharia law.  Men don't emerge at all well as liars and sexual predators - even the Duke exercising droit de seigneur at the end. I have to say that the Maltings Theatre isn't a great advert for St Albans culture. 

It's not their fault but being stuck up the car park stairs at the back of a shopping centre doesn't offer a great front of house.  And Francesca reported that the ladies' loos were dire - dirty, used pregnancy test kits and other rubbish. If St Albans is serious about becoming recognised as a cultural centre, it will have to do better than this.


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