Young Vic | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

On Saturday, I pursued the exploration of Tennessee William’s work with his famous Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. After attending Sweet Bird of Youth at Chichester Festival earlier this year, this production directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell (This is England, Unbroken…) was yet a different reading of William’s writing but still staged and performed brilliantly.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

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Chichester Festival 2017 | Sweet Bird of Youth

Yesterday, my husband and I were off to Chichester to attend a performance of Sweet Bird of Youth at Chichester Theatre. The play, originally written by Tennessee Williams and revived by Jonathan Kent, features Marcia Gay Harden (Alexandra del Lago) and Brian J. Smith (Chance Wayne) as the main characters. We had discovered Brian J. Smith in the incrediblebutsadlycancelled TV show Sense 8 a while ago. From there, we thought it would be nice to see him on stage. Coincidence and timing did the rest! Now some of you may know I have a particular interest in classical music. I write for people that are unfamiliar with it and sometime I review live concerts. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy standing on the other side for once and being totally ignorant of theatre standards. Therefore, I read a few reviews for fun: critics tend to praise performances but they are questioning the interest of William’s piece, the size of the stage vs. intimacy, pace and set. Well… the good thing about ignorant people is that they usually have a different opinion; so here is my humble – and obviously different – experience of Sweet Bird of Youth:

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Travel | #UK – Stratford Upon Avon

“The more pity that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.”

— W. Shakespeare, As You Like It

  • See Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Hall’s Croft, New Place and Anne Hathaways Cottage
  • Listen to some Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Eat & Drink:

The Pantry

We stopped here for a sweet touch after our lunch. It was a little bit too cold for ice-cream but almost gave in! // Bridgefoot – Stratford Upon Avon CV37 6YY

The Opposition – Bistro

Lovely staff and super enjoyable Coronation chicken in there! Should I also mention the Banoffee pie? // 13 Sheep Street – Stratford Upon Avon CV37 6EF

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Travel | #USA – Heritage & Museums in Washington DC

Among all museums in the US, those in Washington are unique because admission is free. The National Mall is surrounded by many interesting museums you can hardly avoid. You may challenge yourself and visit them all or you can pick up depending on your interests. If museum is not your thing, there is an incredible number of memorials to see in Washington, plus the US Capitol, the Library of Congress and the National Archives for example. White House tours are also free, but subject to request through a Congress Member or your Embassy in Washington if you’re a foreigner.

Anyway, when I went to Washington two weeks ago I visited some of these places of interest. If you lack inspiration, here’s a few glimpses of things you may want to see there:

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Tate Modern – Switch House

Last week I finally visited the Switch House, the latest building in the Tate family. My guess is that the concret brown bloc may not please everyone in terms of aesthetic, but to be fair it offers tremendous space inside and a free 360 degree view of London at level 10. So you definitively need to pay a visit too!

La semaine dernière, j’ai enfin visité la Switch House, dernière arrivée dans la famille Tate. Je suppose que l’énorme bloc de béton marron n’est pas du goût de tous. Cependant, à l’intérieur le bâtiment offre un espace assez incroyable et une vue à 360 de tout Londres… gratuitement! De quoi vous convaincre d’une petite visite… 

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Soane Museum

Au 13 Liconln’s Inn Fields à Londres se trouve une maison quelque peu insolite que vous remarquerez à peine en passant d’un pas pressé. Cette maison, c’est celle de John Soane, architecte britannique connu pour avoir délivré les plans de la Bank of England ou la Dulwich Picture Gallery. Ralentissez donc la cadence et prenez le temps d’entrer ce lieu surprenant.

At 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London, stands a unique house, you would barely notice in a hurry. This is John Soane’s house. He was a famous British architect who delivered the Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery. Slow down here and take some time to enter this surprising place.

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Tate Modern | Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

Les plus mauvaises langues diront que j’ai un train de retard en évoquant cette exposition qui s’est terminée le 27 mai 2013 à la Tate Modern, mais j’ai beau avoir traversé la Manche avec empressement je pense à la France encore et devinez quoi? Le prochain arrêt de cette exposition, c’est le Centre Georges Pompidou à Paris. Qui as dit qu’un blog sur le Royaume-Uni ne s’adressait qu’à ce qui y vivent et aux touristes? tsss

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Baroque the Street: Dulwich Festival

Autant vous dire qu’avant même de voir les œuvres, j’étais déjà à genoux devant le concept. Je suis comme ça moi, dès qu’on me parle de collaborations culturelles/artistiques je m’emballe. Baroque the Street, est un superbe exemple de projet collaboratif, puisqu’il associe Richard Howard-Griffin de Street Art London, Ingrid Beazley de la Dulwich Picture Gallery et une belle brochette d’artistes de rue. L’idée est la suivante: créer une galerie en plein air, aux yeux de tous et inspirée des œuvres permanentes accrochées aux murs de la Dulwich Picture Gallery. Etalé sur neufs jours, ce festival proposait donc d’explorer l’un des plus récent mouvement artistique de notre société et son inscription au sein de l’histoire de l’art.

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V&A | Light from the Middle East, New Photography

Hier, après une journée de boulot plus que morose, j’ai traversé la rue et je suis allée me changer les idées au Victoria & Albert Museum où est actuellement présentée l’exposition Light from the Middle East. Celle-ci donne la parole à 30 artistes qui étudient les défis sociaux du Moyen-Orient confrontés aux bouleversements politiques à travers des objectifs d’appareils photo.

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