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Monday, 11 February 2013

Quartermaine's Terms

So I've been rather lazy with this for the past couple of weeks, things kept coming up that got in the way of blogging. But here I am, once again. This weekend I was lucky enough to go to London to see Quartermaine's Terms at the Wyndham's Theatre, starring Rowan Atkinson. My Mum has always been extremely devoted to going to the theatre and therefore I have seen a number of incredible plays, which I am very thankful for. For me, it was incredibly interesting to see Rowan Atkinson play a serious part. At first I kept expecting him to revert back to Mr Bean or Blackadder, whom I don't deny being incredibly fond of. Rowan Atkinson was wonderful though and although showed some signs of previous comedic characters he has played, overall played his part wonderfully.

In my opinion the main theme of this play is loneliness. It's set in a staffroom of a Cambridge school in the early 1960's and is centred around 7 members of staff, which sounds quite boring but is actually ideal to explore the idea of Atkinson's role's loneliness. I think something the majority of human beings are all united in (and sadly there aren't many things in which we are any more) is the fear of loneliness. It is saddening to think that there are now 7 billion people on this planet and yet so many of them are lonely. It's a thought that scares me on many occasions, even though I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some very great people. Because loneliness could come into any of our lives, at any point and I've always believed that the worst thing is to feel alone in a crowded room. But it still happens.

That is why I love going to the theatre, it really makes you think. Long after I've seen a play I still find myself thinking about the ideas it evokes, and wondering whether others feel the same. I have no intention of revealing the story of the play but I will say that the entire cast were stunning and although I have probably made it sound rather depressing there were many hilarious elements to it as well, it was not a rare occasion that I found myself laughing at something being said on stage. I highly recommend going if you have the chance, it really was stunning.

On a completely different note, I am going to see Wicked next weekend - which I think will be a little different to Quartermaine's Terms, however, I am looking forward to it immensely after having wanted to see if for years! It is also my birthday and half term in a week so I have quite a lot to look forward to! I can't express how happy I am to have a break in a few days, this term has been a very long one.


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  2. I just wanted to let you know you are one of the most charming, attractive and intelligent and I hope you are happy with Harry. Don't settle for less than you deserve. Happy Valentine's day.

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