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11 February 2013 @ 08:15 pm
Photos Found while Rationalising: The Mikado  
While I was doing my PhD, I divided my spare time pretty much between roleplaying and Gilbert and Sullivan.

I joined the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera group on something of a whim, and the first production I was involved in was The Mikado, with a remarkable director called Fraser Grant (though I've no idea what happened to him once he graduated). He expected, and extracted, a much higher standard of performance from us than any other amateur director I've worked with - although a certain amount of shouting was involved. The Mikado was the only production I was in that ever got reviewed in a national newspaper (outside of the Fringe, at any rate, which doesn't really count since you only need to stand around on the Royal Mile during the fringe to get a review in a national newspaper). That said, the review itself, reproduced below, is a little wierd. I well remember Yum-Yum, on reading it, complaining "Koko is brilliant, Nanki-Poo is puppyish and I'm... American?"

On the left (or possibly on top) you have Japanese schoolgirls, Scottish style. I'm the one standing directly behind the lass who is kneeling down. On the right (or possibly below) you have my two best friends in the cast.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/89649.html.
wellinghallwellinghall on February 11th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting post and photos - thanks!

(But you do have "on the left" and "on the left", which is doubly confusing when - on my screen, at least - they appear on top of each other!)
louisedennislouisedennis on February 11th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have corrected and endeavoured to elucidate a little.

EDIT: Or at least I have on DreamWidth. I see that cross-posting is misbehaving.

Edited at 2013-02-11 08:37 pm (UTC)
wellinghallwellinghall on February 11th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
As it has a habit of doing, or so I understand, at least.
louisedennislouisedennis on February 11th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
It's normally fine unless LJ is suffering a DDoS attack in which case I feel dodgy cross-posting is only to be expected.
wellinghallwellinghall on February 11th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ah, now that seems to have worked.
louisedennislouisedennis on February 11th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
I edited it in place, in attempting to pre-emptively fix it at the other end I broke the link between the two posts. I should know better really, because DW will continue attempting a cross-post for about 20 minutes before actually giving up.
Pollyjane_somebody on February 24th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
*Was* Yum-Yum American? I mean, I wouldn't trust even a national newspaper to necessarily get all the facts right, especially one that claims the story "raced passed."

It's an odd comment either way, but without context I can't tell if Yum-Yum was complaining that she had been mislabelled as American, or complaining that the reviewer couldn't find anything else to say about her.
Pollyjane_somebody on February 24th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
(I have only ever been reviewed in the local press, but have always been quietly pleased to have been called "mellifluous" :-) "The chorus sang and moved like stars" is jolly good!)
louisedennislouisedennis on February 25th, 2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
Well, to be fair, the Scotsman is pretty close to the "local press" if you live in Edinburgh.
louisedennislouisedennis on February 25th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, Yum-Yum was actually American. She was complaining the reviewer couldn't say anything else about her.