Hello, thank you for popping in. I am still thrilled to bits that anyone is reading. It's Easter holiday time here which means that The Mathematician is home for four weeks and the Best Beloved is off work for a fortnight. I am still at work but I am off enforced kitchen duties, so that's a rest for me, too. Everyone in our house is quite relaxed, the pace is slower, we are catching up on lost sleep, the days are sunnier, the evenings are lighter and the birds are building their nests. Spring has sprung.
We spent Easter at my parents' home in South Wales and were thoroughly pampered, which was lovely because I was completely worn out by the time we got there. There were no bunnies, chicks, pastels or artful table decorations; we had a birthday celebration, a traditional (old-fashioned?) church service, a roast lamb dinner, chocolate, nephews and a niece, family time, the Boat Race on television, a proper rest and a nostalgic peruse through old photographs and theatre programmes. It was just about perfect.
One of the things I like about old theatre programmes is discovering a name in the cast list which has since become extremely well-known. For example, when I was seventeen years old and saw a young, red-headed Leontes dancing with his son in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale I had no idea that Patrick Stewart would become internationally famous within a decade as the captain of the USS Enterprise. In 1957/8, my father went on a school trip to the Old Vic in London and saw this production of Hamlet -
Yes, a young Dame Judi Dench, straight out of drama school then and now a "national treasure". However, the reviews of her performance were not good: in The Observer, Kenneth Tynan praised the production but wrote that "The Ophelia, Judi Dench, is a pleasing but terribly sane little thing", a strong sign that something was amiss if you recall that Ophelia is supposed to lose her sanity during the course of the play. Another well-respected theatre critic, Richard Findlater, wrote "The debut was, in my view, a debacle."
In the long term I don't think those notices have impeded her career!
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x