Friday, 22 May 2009
spring awakening, malaysian supper and martini cocktails
I'll come clean, I was late.
My ticket was left in the lobby and the others were already watching when I arrived late for Spring Awakening at the Novello.
The play/musical is set in a 19th Century German school and is an emo teenage self discovery piece, from an original Frank Wedekind script from the 1890s updated with angsty rock music.
I'm guessing Frank didn't have a very good time of it, judging by the storylines of this play which was banned when it was first shown in its original form.
Many of the story arcs describe young hopes dashed upon the rocks of ill fortune with gothic paths of teenage self destruction at every twist.
Its still an interesting piece and has a strong cast who keep the pace through a story which ends gloomily and then gets picked up again in a couple of refrains to re-lift the audience.
Then out into the Aldwych and across to Suka, where we'd booked a 10:30 table for a late supper. Malaysian dishes to accompany stories of Mel's recent visit to Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Followed by a short walk to the Purple Room for some frisky Martini cocktails.
I could tell I was back in London.