A weary little groundling

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The Groundling has been engaged on another blog with a 31-Day Challenge thingy. Groundlings should know better. Anyhow this has all been about being a better commenter on other people’s as well as your own blog. It’s been distracting me from the business of this blog for a lot of the time, but there have been benefits. I’ve met up with some new bloggers in my other blog‘s niche (e-learning), but more particularly, have discovered some good new theatre blogs to hang out in … and comment on.

I manage to travel overseas once a year and get to see some top theatre in London and at other times New York … wherever I find myself in fact. So I’m starting to nose out what’s playing in London, my destination in a month or so. I subscribe to the National Theatre’s e-newsletter and have all too frighteningly easily grabbed a couple of seats online already. I like the swish of turning up at the Box Office, rattling off a number, and picking up tix. Heck I just like hanging out at the NT watching the world go by from the security of a foyer seat and an overpriced glass of wine … well I do come from the lucky country when it comes to wine.

Anyhow, where I’m going with this post … I’ve stumbled over Phil and Andrew, a couple of lively lads who write West End Whingers, a very witty and irreverent review blog on current offerings in the West End. They act as a salutary antidote to some of the more serious takes in the Guardian on Theatre a subset of their Culture pages. The Guardian is one of my favourite mainstream sites for entertaining, well-written and diverse critical writing. The Guardian also maintains a meta-blog page here where you can fan out to theatre writing on other blogs.

This morning doing a hot-link shuffle from the Guardian’s page, I found Natasha Tripney’s Between Interval Drinks: London theatre both West End and Fringe, because a girl cannot live on gin alone. Aha! This sounded like me. As the name suggests, the blog features reviews of big-house as well as fringe productions currently on show in London, and all told with a very personal voice; her mother’s opinions on a show also appear from time to time. Now this I understand; mothers like 2-year olds have an uncanny way of asking the right sort of hard questions from time to time. I left a comment and will be back.


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3 responses to “A weary little groundling”

  1. Simone Avatar

    I like the swish of turning up at the Box Office, rattling off a number, and picking up tix. Heck I just like hanging out at the NT watching the world go by from the security of a foyer seat and an overpriced glass of wine

    And this is just like me too! I haven’t been to the National since May 15 but I am back on Monday for The Pitmen Painters, Tasha’s influence really. Everytime I go to the NT though, I do exactly as you described it above. Recently it’s been their filter coffee and a slice of cake which is a steal for £3.50!

    I stumbled your blog via Interval Drinks too. So what have you booked at the National?

  2. Kate Foy Avatar

    Hi Simone
    nice to hear from you.
    I’m getting to Never So Good and Afterlife the new Frayn + whatever else I can squeeze in whilst there. I rely on my London friend who gives me the good oil on what’s worth seeing and what’s not.
    Best wishes.

  3. Sandy Avatar

    Hi Kate,

    Are you over here now? Have you seen the plays yet?

    I guess as it’s getting towards the end of the month I might have missed you. But if you fancy meeting up then drop me a line. It’d be great to have a chat!

    Nice little post by the way. How are the Westend Whingers? Still bemoaning away.

    Hope all is well.

    Sandy

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