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 I suspect the moral of the story is that I should potentially trust my friends more.
Tags: books: temeraire, books: the knife of never letting go, books: the priviledge of the sword, theatre: sweeney todd
Current Mood: geeky
Current Music: "Johanna" - Sweeney Todd