Ukulelescope: in which the Whingers demand that something be done about it

Monday 8 June 2009

The most magical evening’s entertainment of the year took place on Saturday and the Whingers demand that something dreary be moved out of a West End theatre so that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and the BFI can take up residency there. Would anyone really miss Marilyn?

Read Helen Smith’s account of Ukulelescope and weep if you missed it.

Is it theatre? Yes, as much as wandering around an old tunnel looking at some nick nacks. More so, in fact – you get to sit down. And in allocated seats.

Ukulelescope will rise again for the Litchfield Festival (we’re not making this up) on 14th and 15th July but we hereby demand that the whole thing then come back to London and plonk itself down in the West End of London for a minimum of six weeks.

Anyway, if you were lucky enough to be there you may wish to revisit a few of the silent films you saw. Of course, they are less engaging than they were on Saturday when they had the wit and musicianship of the UOGB laid over them, but even so…

Ladies On Bicycles (1899)

London Street Scenes (1903)

A Kiss In The Tunnel (1899)

8 Responses to “Ukulelescope: in which the Whingers demand that something be done about it”

  1. Helen Smith Says:

    I look forward to knowing you when we are old and as we sit in our chairs in the ‘Dignitas Lounge’ of The Charitable Home for Disappointed Theatre-goers, waiting for young people to come and entertain us with excerpts from the latest verbatim theatre productions, I’ll notice you struggling to raise your arms in imitation of the Margaret Morris method and I know you’ll be trying to say, ‘We’ll always have the Ukulelescope’.

  2. johnnyfox Says:

    Following the demise of Spring Awakening, the Novello is dark until An Inspector Calls is revived in late September.

    Sir Mackington Cameroon is 103.

  3. Mikey Says:

    And I’m not making this up !!
    The Ukelele Orchestra can also be seen at Pump Bottom Farm, Birdham Road, Chichester on the 21st June, and at Conkers Waterside Park, Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch on the 4th July. Could be your only chance to visit these venues !

  4. Boz Says:

    I have their superb version of Miss Dy-Na-Mi-Te-Ee. Am now jel-lous.

  5. […] YouTube by the ever-excellent BFI, and I found it thanks to one of my very  favourite blogs, the West End Whingers. This entry was written by George Simmers and posted on June 9, 2009 at 9:52 am and filed under […]

  6. Because of the Whingers’ ecstatic review, I put in a booking for Prom 45 featuring the Ukulele Orchestra when at the Dress Rehearsal for The King and I this afternoon. Looking very forward to it!

  7. J.A. Says:

    Dodgy name dropping!


    Saturday 5th June 2010

    UKULELESCOPE: The UOGB’s Silent Film Show
    Birmingham Town Hall
    Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ
    Performance time: 8.00pm
    Box Office: 0121 780 3333

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