An enjoyable afternoon at the movies with Red Joan

Last Thursday we went to the movies at Cineplex Victoria Point to see Judi Dench in Red Joan and we really enjoyed it. This is our favourite movie theatre with very comfortable seats and plenty of room to stretch your legs and it is so much cheaper than other theatre chains. Parking is easy too. So why would you go anywhere else?

The movie is based on a book of the same name by Jennie Rooney inspired by the life of Melita Norwood who was a secretary at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association. In the movie, Joan is befriended by communists whilst studying physics at university. She becomes secretary to a physicist researching the atomic bomb and leaks documents to her friends.

The movie begins with the arrest of the elderly Joan who is played by Judi Dench. We thought it was a great role for her and we really enjoyed the movie.

What a show!

Our treat today was to see “The Book of Mormon” at the Prince of Wales Theatre. It was brilliant. Great voices, spectacular dancing, very naughty & so sacrilegious but such fun. We both loved it – definitely the highlight of our time in London. We laughed a lot!

The theatre was a beautiful old building which added to the experience.


Shakespeare, Pissarro & Monet!

A great day today!  We absolutely loved our tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We reckon our guide was a retired actor & he made the history interesting & fun. One of the tit-bits which fascinated us was the number of our sayings which began life in his plays as you can see in the chart attached.

Then it was off to The National Gallery where we headed for the Impressionists which are our favourites. Even though a couple of the relevant rooms were closed for refurbishment, we saw plenty of Monet & Pissarro. A couple of our favourites are here for you to share.

We had a good British lunch at the Sherlock Holmes Pub near the gallery: fish, chips, mushy peas & a pint!  It was a beautiful day & we sat out in the sun. What could be better?

No senior moments today thankfully!

Lion King Brisbane

On Wednesday night we went to the Lyric Theatre at QPAC to see The Lion King with one of my daughters & my friend. We all agreed that the animal puppets are absolutely incredible. They are brilliant. I especially loved the giraffes which seemed to move just as a real giraffe moves & the elephants. You have to really admire the clever people who designed these puppets.

The African singing & the dancing was also brilliant but where some of the narrative depended on the words of the songs, it was disappointing as all of us had difficulty hearing the words. The orchestra appeared to overpower the voices. We have noticed this problem at the Lyric before so are wondering if the problem is actually the acoustics of the building. I found the singing of both the young & the older Simba particularly difficult to understand.

I really enjoyed the way the sets involved using the dancers to create the scene. The grass was depicted by dancers moving gracefully across the stage whilst carrying what appeared to be boards with tall grass stems coming out of them on their heads. It was great.

The Lion King wasn’t my favourite musical of all time but I did really enjoy it & would recommend it if only to experience those wonderful animals coming down the aisles beside you! I’d rate it 7 out of 10.