I’VE recently enjoyed three treats, though each of them has been accompanied by throat lozenges and man-sized tissues, as my cold insists on hanging about.
Mr F is learning to live with violent sneezes and a consumptive cough, though he wouldn’t be without his earplugs at night.
A play by my favourite writer, Alan Ayckbourn, drew us to the Compass Theatre, in Ickenham, to an excellent performance of Comic Potential by the local Purple Theatre Company.
Set in the near future, it is about a love affair between a geek and an android. It was very different from Ayckbourn’s other plays but just as clever and funny – and also surprisingly poignant.
It’s taken several decades to finally get to our next venue: Ronnie Scott’s, the famous jazz club in Soho. It’s not a nicotine-filled cavern any more of course, but you can imagine how the fug, in the 1950s and 60s in particular, would have added to the atmosphere.
These days you don’t even have to stay up late to enjoy Ronnie Scott’s. There are Sunday lunch jazz sessions and it was to one of these that we went with Fisher Junior and Son-in-Law, and our two nieces, who live in Notting Hill and Hyde Park.
There is a good Sunday menu, including fish and vegetarian choices. I had trout – no comment please.
The jazz singers made an excellent job of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald numbers. They had previously considered using Sammy Davis Jnr material but realised the set name, Sam and Ella, would be horribly reminiscent of the bacteria that sparked the famous Edwina Currie egg disaster.
Finally, a trip to The Globe Theatre for the Experience and Tour for two, a birthday present from April, which we’ve only now been able to use. If you’ve never been to the theatre, this would be a real treat.
However, we saw nothing we hadn’t already seen by attending plays there. No glimpse backstage, no chance to tread the boards. I was disgruntled but didn’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth.
As Shakespeare’s Hamlet would have said: “Assume a virtue, if you have it not.”
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