Friday, 13 June 2014

Knackered

It's 12.30 Friday morning


Well we nearly missed the bloody play cos Nuala  " forgot" just where the Garrick theatre was!
But as usual  she did have the luck of the Liverpudlian Irish in her and we galloped into our seats with just 30 seconds to spare.
The play was a cracker . Not quite as good as the film, but then you can forgive that , given the fact that the movie relied heavily at times with claustrophobic close ups of each of the jurors in turn.
The actors taking the meatier roles of the bigoted Juror number 10 and the angry Juror number 3 (  William Gaminara & Jeff Fahey respectively) were exceptionally good, as was a rather tired sounding Tom Conti in the Henry Fonda Role, but it was old Hollywood trooper Robert Vaughn playing the frail old ninth juror who comes to Conti's aid in his quest for justice, who almost steals the show. 
Juror number 9 has just one major speech a third of the way through the play, and it is a speech that Vaughn milks every bit of pathos out of and with a twinkle in the old eye.to boot
I really enjoyed it. 
And I loved catching up with Nu over a wonderful  meal in Dishoom, the Bombay cafe at Covent Garden
It's been a lovely and exhausting day..........




43 comments:

  1. Yum yum, all the way around. And here it is just 7:39 on a Thursday evening, and I'm pondering whether to vacuum the living room first, or deal with the dog pee in the guest room.

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    1. Sounds like my regular world

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  2. What a great cast. I haven't seen the movie but clearly I should.

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    1. Yes you should... It's a real classic

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  3. So glad you had a good time....BUT....where is the photo of the pea green pants??????

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  4. Robert Vaughn! You lucky thing.

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  5. Tom Conti's voice plus a Bombay dinner..you lucky dog.!
    Jane x

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    1. The lamb chops were to die for and their black lentil dal was bloody lovely

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  6. Yes!! That movie changed my life.
    And being with pals - so important! xox

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    1. I think all kids should watch it at school

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  7. I'm glad you had a good time. I remember seeing the movie years ago. It's very good -- a classic.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. It is hard to find Indian food in the U.P. I love it... Glad you had a wonderful time. :)

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  9. Exhausting, yet wonderful day. I'm glad you had the chance to catch up too!

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  10. Conti and Vaughn in the same play can't be bad, and 30 secs before the curtain rises is the best time to arrive!

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    1. No Cro.... My stress levels were through the roof
      I HATE being late for anything

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  11. Hope you can sleep in a bit tomorrow.

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    1. I am working night shift tonight!

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  12. A fun time in London with good company, doesn't get much better John.

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    1. You are right Gary....it's so easy to not bother sometimes

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  13. Napoleon Solo always had a twinkle in his eye - how suave he was, as opposed to Ilya Kuriyakin's boyish good looks and charm. I'm not ashamed to admit I was a member of 'The Man from Uncle Club' - I had a badge to prove it! Glad it all went swimmingly in London for you and Nu. x

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    1. He did a little jig at the curtain call too

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  14. Sounds just wonderful John....and I echo what Cro and Nana said! x

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  15. Hi John, glad you enjoyed your day out. Robert Vaughan takes me back many years as far as the 1960s in fact. Fancy he is still acting. Thank you. x

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  16. For me too it's one of many films that have just passed me by, though it's clearly one that ought to be watched sometime. However, I have more enthusiasm to seeing it, as you did, live on stage. So, lucky you!

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    1. Try to rent it if you can ray
      I would be interested to hear what you ink about it

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    2. Never ever rented a film, J.G. Not even quite sure what it means. Anyway, can't play DVDs. You see, I'm still stuck way back in B.C.E. times.

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  17. tom conti voice sooo sexy do you think he would come and tell me a bedtime story, gled you enjoyed the day sweet dreams

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  18. Love Tom Conti's voice and Robert Vaughn is amazing - loved him in the series Hustle. I've never seen the film & now I must x

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  19. I saw a burlesque show in the Garrick in 2011, I wonder if we sat in teh same seats? Slightly different show! ;-)

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    1. Did you carve your name into the seat back in front per chance?

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  20. yum, indian food! but my local indian restaurant isn't open at 4a...

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  21. Unlike you not to have just called this post 'knackers'.

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    1. Or " twelve sweaty men in a room"?

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    2. 24 sweaty knackers in a room?

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  22. So glad you enjoyed your evening. I just love the film. So claustrophobic and atmospheric; you can almost feel the thunderstorm building and the stifling heat. Great actors and great script with some wonderful cinematography. I try to watch it at least once a year.

    I'm assuming the smell of Dettol had faded a little.....:-)

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    1. I am on the train home in very hot weather..... I am afraid it's just the faint smell of 52 year old male anyone can smell

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  23. Really pleased you enjoyed the show and jealous of the dinner lol!
    Will you get a kip before you go to work?

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  24. I agree with Cro...30 seconds before curtain is the best. I always just stand in the lobby, drives the wife half crazy which puts a smile on my mug. Oh and unless you want to ruin a perfectly good Friday lets see the pants....I am not leaving the office till I do....I'm old and quite stubborn.

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  25. I'd like to see a stage version of this some time. Raybeard, surely you know of someone who can play DVDs and who'd rent this so you could have a look. I've not seen this movie in ages, but think i'll see if it's on the shelves at my local video rental place.

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    1. Thanks for your concern, Mb, but I don't know ANYONE! Got no friends at all (boo hoo & sniffle sniffle), not even any acquaintance on hand who could help. Aw, poor me!

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  26. This may sound like a silly question ... but why are there no women on the jury?

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    1. Sarah
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      Full caption: Studies in Expression: When Women Are Jurors. Drawing. Charles Dana Gibson. [1902?] Published in Life, October 23, 1902. Cabinet of American Illustration (CAI—Gibson, no. 23 [C size]). Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-46321
      Women were virtually nonexistent on juries in 1902 when Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the famous “Gibson Girls,” drew this caricature for Life. On rare occasions, however, women were called to serve in cases that involved female defendants. Despite the fact that juries are selected from voter rolls and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment qualified women as “electors,” the states did not immediately pass legislation to include them for jury selection. As late as 1942 only twenty-eight state laws allowed women to serve as jurors, but these also gave them the right to claim exemption based on their sex. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 gave women the right to serve on federal juries, but not until 1973 could women serve on juries in all fifty states.

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