Have you ever ventured out, into a city that's on fire? A couple of weekends ago, London had it all, a prestigious boat race, rogue protesters, fire starters, and traffic jams, -and all on the very evening that I had tickets booked for a much 'raved-about' play, 'The Children's Hour.' Never fear though, despite all of the above hullabaloo-I was determined to reach the theatre in one piece. Which I did. Just.
The Children's Hour is a play, set in a boarding school for girls, during the 1930's, in small town New England, USA. The story revolves around the school's founding teachers Karen Wright (played by Keira Knightley), and Martha Dobie (played by Elizabeth Moss), and their daily jousts with a riotous student named Mary, -a particularly nasty young girl who manipulates gossip from her classmates to spread wild rumours about said teachers.
Miss Knightley has a credible American accent in her role as Karen Wright, and contrary to a certain gossip, the girl can actually 'act' her way out of a paper bag. Ahem, the great thing about theatre is, -there are no slo-mo-close-ups of broody-pouty-eyebrows. Miss Knightley even received the seal of approval from my very debonair Bestie, who is the biggest Drama Queen this side of the pond! Like, Perez who? Also, did I mention Miss Elizabeth Moss? Peggy from Mad Men is wonderful as Martha Dobie.
The theatre production is currently playing in London until the end of April, but don't worry - if you can't get there. You can always catch the 1961 film version on DVD starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Maclaine, and James Garner. I have my own copy, on loan from debonair Bestie, who by the way 'out-dressed' me that evening. *mutters to self, Dior-Schmoir*
A/N: Happy Monday All! This weekend has been busy, lots of shopping, impromtu dinners, and walking the hound. Ooh, and of course editing! How was yours?