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‘School of Rock’ 2004/02/29

Posted by Dave in Movies, nights out, Reviews.
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Ruth and I went to see The School of Rock at Parkhead Forge cinema last night. It was quite entertaining, and while it's ostensibly crass, I reckon it may be a somewhat subliminal (or at least indirect) way to approach some important issues.

I am of the same generation as the main character, and I therefore caught all the musical and cultural references without skipping a beat. This engenders memories of my teens and early 20s, playing in bands, and trying to 'stick it to the man' (as they kept saying in this film).

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‘HMS Pinafore’ 2004/02/15

Posted by Dave in Music, nights out.
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What a hoot! We went along to the matinee performance of 'HMS Pinafore' by the Carl Rosa Company at the 'Theatre Royal'… and it was most excellent!

To be honest, we went under duress, but I am glad we did; it turned out to be one of the best shows we'd seen for ages!

A faultless cast, and orchestra delivering Gilbert & Sullivan to an almost perfect degree! I can't believe it cost buttons! Wow! And we even got a Dr.Who thrown in!