“If you knew everything about my life, you wouldn’t like me.
‘I don’t think there’s a person in this world you could say any different about.'”
Things worth beginning:
– a nice run of plays transferring into the Ambassadors as it really is a nicely intimate theatre and obvs it has now been released from the long-running tyranny of Stomp
– a playlist based on cheesy tunes in the style of Modjo’s Lady (Hear Me Tonight), or maybe just find my copy of Now 47
– a reassessment of David Eldridge (on my part at least) as the troubled memory of The Knot of the Heart far outweighs the glories of In Basildon in my mind
– redecorating the kitchen, using the beautiful tiling from Fly Davis’ design as an inspiration
– cooking myself a fish finger in said kitchen when I am sober (I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had one sober!) (I’d be using tartare sauce though, none of this ketchup/mayo combo nonsense)
This has been a bit of light-hearted fun but Beginning really is very good indeed. Full of all the wisdom of late-night chats and charged with that strange sexual energy that comes at the end of a party, it speaks to so much of modern dating (“I wish I’d met you online. Everything would be so much easier”) and societal pressures (I just want a people carrier), especially in the pressure cooker of the capital. I ranked the play in my top 25 of last year and a more conventional review can be found here.
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (without interval)
Booking until 24th March