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The Red Baron

I went to a first night yesterday, such is my hip and happening London life.

OK, it was the first night of two, in a small, hot room at the RAF Museum in Hendon. But it was a world premiere!

Written and directed by Robert Gillespie, whose credits include appearances in practically every British sitcom of the 1970s, The Red Baron has a cast of just three - Manfred von Richthofen himself, his father, and a fictional prostitute named Coco - and takes place entirely in Coco's room near the Western Front.

The actor playing Manfred did an excellent job, portraying the pilot as a handsome, arrogant bastard who goes to pieces when faced with a woman. (He was also hot; I enjoyed watching him march around the stage in his uniform and got quite excited when the plot required him to take his trousers off, though of course he was wearing long early-20th-century underwear beneath.)

Papa was also excellent, looking spookily how Manfred might have looked if he had lived to be an old man and delivering his pro-war polemics with passion.

And Coco got all the best lines:

MANFRED: I'm sorry. The only other living being I feel comfortable touching is my dog.
COCO: Woof.

I went along prepared to cringe a little. Instead I laughed, in the right way, and cried a bit too.

There's another performance on Saturday, and I hope it will be staged elsewhere in the future.

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My first question was going to be was it the old school actor Robert Gillespie or just a coincidence of name.

Sounds an interesting play, i'll keep an eye out for any performances Up North.
Ah well sounds like the actor had a better set up then when I was on stage and required to take my trousers off.
I was impressed by the costumes: both the Red Baron and his father were in uniform, but subtly different ones.

I think I need to hear the trouser story...
...well when I was a student I joined an AmDram group for a bit and we did a play in which I was cast against type and played a jack-the-lad type, and my last scene before I was horriblly murdered my character was about to get his end away, so I underessed to my boxer shorts. It was then decided that because of the way the stage availability worked and we had performances on a Sunday and Monday evening it was decided to er give the play a 15 rather than a PG...

I had the privilege of seeing Colin Baker's ample rear clad in Union Jack boxers a couple of years ago, when he was in Noises Off. I laughed so much I thought I might genuinely die.

I see...

oh my story gets worse/better..

Ooh, you big tease.

Well as the final performances were 15 rated my boxer shorts didn't stay on. And my to my dismay, my secondary school English teacher was in the front row.

I hope they complimented you on a fine performance!
Well she did after a rather awkward opening gambit in the bar afterwards after a poor choice of phrase.
I would say it was Karma for the number of schoolboys oogling her, but erm...
I figured you'd like that movie since it's about planes and one of the famous/infamous pilots ever. ;)
I haven't actually seen the movie yet - fail! It came out and disappeared very quickly. Hopefully I'll catch it some time.
Really? I'm surprised! XP
Yeah, I lap up anything about the air war in WW1 I can get!
I myself have been watching a lot of WWI and WWII documentaries on AHC.
Argh, I'd want to see that!
I know, I was thinking of you and wishing we could see it together!