A letter to The Guardian (as yet unpublished)

Saturday 14 June 2008

It is well known that facts are not our forte, but on this occasion we are fairly confident that it is Ray Shell’s memory which is playing tricks (Goodbye, cruel wind, June 12).

Mr Shell claims he went home after the first preview of Gone With The Wind “to read damning comments on a blog called the West End Whingers”. The first preview was cancelled so presumably he is referring to Saturday 5th April. We didn’t see it until Tuesday 8th April and were far too traumatised to type anything about it until Thursday 10th April.

While it may be comforting for Mr Shell to lay the blame for the show’s failure at the door of the blogosphere (i.e. the paying public) his comment that the cast “had doubts about the music and the length of the script” might well prove a more fruitful avenue of forensic investigation, as might his revelation that the 30 non-principals needed something to do “so we became narrators.”

For the record, we had no problems with the cast and certainly no beef with Mr Shell’s Pork.

Andrew & Phil
The West End Whingers

8 Responses to “A letter to The Guardian (as yet unpublished)”

  1. Hear, hear.

    And anybody want to bet that the feedback to Mr. Shell’s article will end up on this week’s “Noises Off” article?

  2. Ed Law Says:

    I would like to thank Mr Shell. It is from his article that I learnt about West End Whingers. I now spend my day at my boring day job reading the Whingers instead of reading the Guardian all day. Thanks Ray.

  3. Peter Says:

    That was the problem with Gone with the Wind – it was too long! It wasn’t that it was shite after all…

  4. If 30 actors really need something to do, maybe they should not have been cast in superfluous roles in the first place. No? Thank goodness for the West End Whingers.

  5. Ray Shell Says:

    Sorry Almighty Whingers!!! It is my memory…can I become a Whinger tooo???!!! Last Friday night the cast of GWTW held the first annual MARGARET MARTIN GOLDEN GARLIC AWARDS
    it was a hoot and it should become an annual event for shows that close within six months of their opening date…email me at angel22.tv@hotmail.com if interested in joining the comittee…and I am serious about that Whinger job!

    Ray Shell

  6. Man, I remember Ray Shell as one of the backing vocalists on Magazine’s single “About The Weather”! Ray, just imagine it’s the West End audience collectively singing that refrain, “I’m so changeable – it’s so frightening…”!

  7. Hey, Ray. We LOVE the idea of the annual MARGARET MARTIN GOLDEN GARLIC AWARDS and feel that this is – finally – something in the world of theatre that we could really contribute to in a sensitive and meaningful way.

    And we’ve always dreamed of being on a committee.

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