“Come to think of it, I’ve never actually played bingo”
A teaser of what might be to come, this five minute pilot is an entry into the Raindance Dailymotion Web Series Pilot Competition, in which the winning short will receive a full series. Queers is created, written, directed and produced by Guido Lippe, it features the fortunes of an ailing gay bar – for which WestFive Bar in Ealing stands in excellently – as its owners look for ways to perk up business. The main point of interest for me was familiar faces Adam Lilley (The King’s Speech) and Simon Wegrzyn (Grimm’s Tales) as the squabbling couple at odds over what lengths they should go to save the bar and sure enough they make an endearing pair. Lippe’s writing has its funny moments and it would be interesting to see how it would develop without the constraints and pressures of the competitive pilot environment so have a watch of it below and just like with Scottish independence (or otherwise) if you like it, vote for it!
“No emotions. Not in public.”
Despite winning 4 Oscars in 2011, early treatments of David Seidler’s The King’s Speech envisioned it as a play, and it was at a reading at the Pleasance theatre that film director Tom Hooper’s mother spotted its potential and the rest as they say is history. So, it never actually made it into a theatre but striking while the iron is hot, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre have mounted this premiere production of the show, starring Charles Edwards and Jonathan Hyde, which will undertake a short tour of the country in the coming months.
Seidler drew on his own experience, as a boy with a stammer who was inspired by the success of King George VI in overcoming his own stammer, to pursue telling this story but was only granted permission to access much of the primary research material after the death of the Queen Mother, who did not want the film made in her lifetime. So we follow Bertie, the second son, as he struggles to deal with his stammer at a time when the public profile of the Royal Family was increasing exponentially with the advent of radio. His meeting with unconventional Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue sets him on the difficult journey of trying to conquer his deep-seated issues, all the while dealing with the unfolding scandal of his older brother’s affair with Wallis Simpson and the constitutional crisis it incurs. Oh, and war is approaching too. Continue reading “Review: The King’s Speech, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford”