Now, do you promise that you’ve ploughed your way through our account of Act 1? Then you may proceed.
Now we have to be honest. We didn’t actually make it back for the second act. The Whingers were part of the four-fifths our party who decided that – with more wisdom than the Confederated states showed – an early surrender would achieve the same outcome but with fewer casualties.
The Whingers and co were by no means alone. Indeed, there was a real blitz spirit among those survivors who stumbled out of the wreckage during the interval – grateful to be alive, although somewhat dazed by the experience. Yet they joked and bonded with complete strangers as they fought their way down to street level and into the evening air.
About a hundred people failed to return after the interval. How do we know?
Well, the Whingers left strict instructions to PaulInLondon (who, you will recall, owed Phil big time after being late yet again) to twitter the second act from his seat so that the Whingers could keep abreast of developments from the comfort of the Cross Keys pub round the corner where a copious quantity of reviving Merlot was consumed.
Twittering – in case you didn’t know – is the process of publishing short messages from your mobile phone (don’t worry – there was no-one else left in Paul’s vicinity to disturb) to anyone who is tracking your “tweets”).
This is, of course, possibly a landmark in theatre criticism – could it be the first time ever that a major West End show has been reviewed through the ultra-hip medium of micro-blogging? If you don’t understand any of that, don’t t worry – neither does Phil.
Anyway, here is a summary of Paul’s live Twittering (recorded the morning after). The most recent entries are at the top.
No doubt more details will emerge over time and pieces will be stitched together into a beautiful tapestry of indeterminate appeal. The Whingers are, for instance, already indebted to Mark Shenton for lifting the hooped skirts of Gone With The Wind – The Musical! to reveal this rather fascinating undergarment:
Yesterday […] I reported on the absence of a child actor, who was heard on tape only; but a source close to the production has told me that this was a practical issue on Saturday, since the child actors who are employed to be in the show have to leave the premises by 11pm under child labour laws, so since the show was over-running they had to resort to a voice-over for the child instead. (So there’s an incentive to cut it back from its current 4 hours plus running time, if nothing else).
Do keep us posted. Twitter if you can.