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If you get it, good you got it. - She doesn't know what I do...
...but she knows who I am.
If you get it, good you got it.

On Wednesday, I went to Auckland to see the Peach Theatre Company production of Sweeney Todd. They did The History Boys last year, which is just about my favourite play of all time, so I expected excellent things.

And I received excellent things. Oh my god, this production was fabulous. Gruesome, funny, chilling. I have some major issues with the film, mostly that it's kind of dull (and a musical about human meat pies should not be dull), and this production just completely rocked. Ross Girven as Sweeney Todd was a delight - sympathetic, psychotic and with an exquisitely deep voice. Mrs Lovett (Lynda Milligan) was also excellent, she had a fantastic voice and got most of the laughs from our audience. Also loved Anthony (Nic Kyle) and Toby (Tyran Parke).

The chorus make such a difference to the production too and they were magnificent. I'd seen most of the chorus in other productions (including Antonia Prebble, or the actress my sister wants to be when she grows up). The sets were cool, as was the lighting. And our audience audibly gasped when Sweeney slit his first throat onstage, which is just the sort of reaction you want to get. 'A Little Priest' was my favourite song - so funny and grim.


Anyway, while in Auckland I read a lot of books. Re-read The Priviledge of the Sword by Ellen Kushner because I adore it when people actually have to PRACTICE at things. And also Katherine is a fantastic heroine and the story does really neat stuff with sexuality and gender that I really enjoy.

I also read Temeraire by Naomi Novik, which Renee gave me for my twenty-first birthday over a year ago as part of her themed 'Jane Austen with...' recommendations. I'd been putting off reading it because my piles of books are miles high and I accidentally put it on my bookshelf. Anyway, I started reading and was like, 'Well-written, interesting. But seriously, this is such a sausage-fest.'

And then Catherine Harcourt turned up and I was like, 'Awesome! Ladies flying dragons.' And then, and then, Jane Roland showed up with her scar and her cigars and her casual approach to sexuality. And it was amazing. And Laurence has to deal with the fact that aviators live quite differently from regular people. And I now have to borrow all the rest of the series off Renee ASAP.

So having finished Temeraire, I grabbed Patrick Ness' The Knife of Never Letting Go, which Katie got me for my birthday. And the same thing happened, set in a dystopian world where all the women have died. And then Viola showed up and Hildy and I loved it and read it at the airport and on the plane and finished it on the bus to tutoring. I don't know, I just can't read books where there isn't at least one awesome female character (main reason I hated On the Road so much).

So I suspect the moral of the story is that I should potentially trust my friends more.

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Current Music: "Johanna" - Sweeney Todd

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aimeesworld From: aimeesworld Date: June 25th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
She is so COOL.

I am borrowing The Ask and the Answer off the friend who bought me the first book.

I really love Priviledge of the Sword - although am not familiar with Ellen Kushner's other work. Technically PotS is a sequel to Swordspoint, which I haven't read. Very interesting setting and lots of awesome female characters.
brokenwings07 From: brokenwings07 Date: June 25th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I've read On the Road and The Dharma bums and while both amazingly written, the lack of female characters who aren't just there for sex is infuriating. It seems to be the case with a lot of beat lit.
aimeesworld From: aimeesworld Date: June 25th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Sex and dishes. It's very depressing and contributed to my intense dislike of Jack Kerouac when I studied him in third year.
The Beat generation in general is one of those movements which seems to talk about how hard it is to be white and male, which is a bit boring to be honest.
plumeriandeity From: plumeriandeity Date: June 25th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still need to look up those book recommendations you made for me all those months ago!

"Sweeney Todd" = awesome. I have, sadly, only seen the movie but I love the songs. Would love to see it on stage one day.
aimeesworld From: aimeesworld Date: June 28th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, I hope you enjoy them.

The stage show is SO MUCH BETTER.

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