The Nose Review at the Royal Opera

Recently I went to the Opera and watched a comic-grotesque musical by Shostakovich called “The Nose”.

Shostakovich was in his 20s when began writing the Nose, it was his debut at the Opera.

As absurd as it may sound has truly kept me entertained throughout the whole act.

It narrates the story of a civil servant – Kovalov –  who wakes up discovering that his nose was missing and the desperate hunt to find it that follow suit.

The Opera director is the Australian Barry Kosky, and  plays the satirical short story written by Nikolai Gogol, a Ukrainian born- Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer.

Even though Kosky has asserted that the story is about fear, paranoia and loss it was very hard for me not to laugh at each and every joke.

Perhaps that could be due to my peculiar taste for dark humour or just because it was just very hard not to. Truly recommended.

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Secret Cinema: Tell No One

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Secret Cinema is back to London this February and I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the preview that was on held on the 16th.

As in tradition with their events both the location and the movie title were being kept secret until the very last second, the only information I was able to gather was that another event was being held at the same time in Moscow. Hmmm

As soon as we arrived nearby the proximity of the venue we already started to feel a little immersed in the role as we approached a guy for directions. He was wearing a military uniform and was acting as if he was keeping the area under surveillance, so when we asked for directions he replied with a concerned look on his face that the “Military base” was on the first to the right (somewhere around the Canada Water tube station) in, what it looked like to be, a MASSIVE warehouse. Scary already.

Indications on how to dress were being given prior the event. The dress code was: US Government Officer, Military and Press Officer.

However meticulously detailed people were dressed up for the occasion, I ended up wearing my most un-military denim jeans and my modern stiletto shoes which made me feel a bit of an outcast the whole time. For each dress code, a role and tasks were associated so you could feel submerged in the whole experience fully.

What was inside the hangar? I won’t be giving too much information in here as I might end up spoiling someone’s experience and surprise, however, I can definitely say that they did their best to recreate fully all the scenes of the movie and also added a bit of their own into the mix.

What was the movie? Set in the 1960s, a classic cult, a political comedy that satirizes the fears of the Cold War.

 

The organisers of the event have been giving clues on their social media accounts as this one:

 

 

A Bob Dylan protest song “The Times They Are A Changing” and this is the lyric of the song:

 

“The Times They Are A-Changin'”

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan

 

Or this one perhaps:

 

 

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Have you guessed already?

 

 

Tickets are still available for purchase here

 

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The Lion King Musical at Lyceum Theatre

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Last night, I was a lucky girl. As a present for my birthday, my boyfriend has given me the lovely gift of a ticket for a musical of my choice: no need to say we ended up at the Lyceum Theatre to see the Lion King.

The critically acclaimed musical has been  on stage since the late ’90s – and, only recently, has celebrated its 15th year – and is now acclaimed as the most successful stage show of all time. No wonder why.

The opening scene with the “Circle of life”song  was astonishing, and since the very first vibes (tribal percussion with African rhythms, to be more precise) I felt immersed in the atmosphere. Suddenly, various species of animals appeared into the stage from down the aisle with an elegant cavalcade: gazelles,  giraffes and a gigantic elephant  (in total 26 animals are represented).

 

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The vibrant colours, the music together with the use of an experimental technique that combines African masks, Japanese Kabuki costumes and Malaysian shadow puppetry together have a powerful and energetic impact . The stage adaptation of the American director Julie Taymor has almost certainly proved to be avant-garde.

Although loyal to the original Disney animated movie, I still find it very original.

There are no big dance numbers as such, but the show tunes are impressive: The Circle of life by Elton John, Hakuna Matata and Can you Feel the Love tonight.

I have seen quite a few musicals until now and I must admit that in this instance the entire cast was phenomenal:

 

 

Speaking of the crowd, the Theatre was really packed: my seat was in the first row on the left hand side of the grand circle and this is pretty much how the view was like:

 

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It’s definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and I would recommend it as a great night out for theatregoers of all ages.

 

 

 

 

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