Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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A good weekend

On Thursday I wandered into town and met up with old friend Bill, and we went to see a Tennesee Williams play (Confessional) purely on the basis of half-price tickets. This is set in a bar, and the theatre space was set up so that 2/3 of the area was a bar. Including free beer/coke for people as they walked in. Chatting to the performers afterwards it turns out that it's laid out differently on a regular basis, and as the audience sit at at least some of the bar tables, they have to work around them differently every performance, which keeps them on their toes.

It was well performed and the dialogue was good, but I didn't feel terribly engaged by it. It was expanded later into Small Craft Warnings, and the Wikipedia page for that says "The play is scarcely plot based, and might be considered more of a kaleidoscopic pastiche of monologues" - which sums it up rather well. Interesting though, and I'm glad I've finally seen something by Tennessee Williams!

On Friday I left work at 4:30 and headed into the heart of The Fringe, picking up tickets in The Underbelly, just off Grassmarket, to see Thunderbards, a comedy sketch duo. I've just tracked down this quote from a review, which sums them up perfectly:
Thunderbards doesn’t do anything particularly new with the sketch-show format; the only difference here is some kind of framing device. But the sketches therein are invariably funny, and have been rehearsed to a slickness which never feels stale.
I enjoyed them, but wouldn't urge people to dash out to them as a matter of urgency. Which is good, as their last show is in two hours.

I _would_ recommend "Festival of the Spoken Nerd's: Just For Graphs", who are about to tour the UK, and are well worth seeing if you're a nerd, or like math jokes. Or graphs that are on fire. They were great fun, very polished, and knew their audience perfectly.

I saw Thunderbards with doubtingmichael and gummitch, who already had tickets for the show, as part of their week-long festival extravaganza. doubtingmichael and anef come up every year, and this year had brought gummitch and tamaranth with them. So Julie came out afterwards, met up with the five of us at the gorgeous apartments they were staying at, and then we headed to L'esarcgot Bleu for delicious french cuisine. I had the lamb, which was nice, but I did spend a chunk of the meal staring at gummitch's boeuf bourguignon enviously.

Amusing subjects of discussion over the dinner table included portrayal of Steve Rogers in the movies (nicely summed up in this discussion I bumped into the next day. And also of archaic computer storage media, nicely summed up by this:



Saturday we spent largely recovering, before going over to see gwendysmile for geeky board games. We played several games of Dominion, and I introduced people to Dobble, a very silly and quick card-matching game which I am indebted to marrog and erindubitably for.

And then today we woke up at a reasonable hour (about nine-thirty), and had breakfast out. My favourite breakfast place (the Edinburgh Restaurant) now has a gluten-free option (which mostly means leaving off the sausages and adding GF toast) which was great. And pisica and Chris WINOLJ joined us, which was lovely. Then John Lewis for Julie to buy thread, before returning home to collapse in a little heap.



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