Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden

Defying The Ground

Saturday was moving day for mrs_leroy_brown, so I popped over to New Cross to tote boxes along with the very cream of LiveJournal.

When we'd seen the man-and-van off on its journey to far North London, we decamped to a nearby pub for lunch. Unfortunately service was a little slow and I ended up having my burger and chips wrapped in foil to take away.

The reason for my haste was that I was heading to Greenwich Theatre to see Those Magnificent Men.

This was not only a highly suitable play for me, being a comedy about Alcock and Brown's history-making transatlantic flight, but had added interest as it was co-written by mockduck's husband.

The next people to come through the theatre doors as I was collecting my ticket, I realised instantly, could only be mockduck and entourage. I did my best hi-I'm-a-creepy-weirdo smile until I was recognised in return, and that's another internet friend ticked off, and a very nice if brief chat too.

It was a two-man show, with Alcock played as the straight man and Brown as the funny one. When I took my seat Brown was onstage Doing Business and picking on members of the audience, and I felt very exposed sticking out at the end of Row B, but thankfully the play started soon afterwards.

They mostly avoided the easy laughs afforded by the language and accent of the period, and the script flattered the audience's intelligence even while pretending to insult it. I laughed a lot and learned a lot, and I cannot ask more from the theatre than that.

My favourite bit was when Alcock and Brown assembled their Vickers Vimy live on stage, which was both clever and comic, and my favourite joke was "Extra! Extra! First World War over!" (yes, I laughed to show that I'd got it).

A little girl sitting behind me was so loudly amused when the aviators 'crash-landed' in an Irish bog that the rest of the hitherto rather quiet matinee audience all laughed a lot more than they'd planned to, which was nice.

The concluding scenes were surprisingly touching, as we learned what happened to the duo after their amazing flight and they discussed why Lindbergh, who made his solo crossing later, got to be the famous one.

I eventually microwaved my lunch shortly before six and ate it in front of Doctor Who hoping it wouldn't poison me.
Tags: planes, plays
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