Coriolanus: a theatre review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course, this time, something different. A theatre review. If you don’t like Shakespeare, skip this one.

I went to see Coriolanus.

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A couple of months ago, my DCC friend Lokke, asked me if I had bought tickets to see Coriolanus… Nope. Didn’t know what it was about, Tom Hiddleston was in it (sorry, not a huge fan, I know he’s a good actor and looks hot, but I don’t know. I’m just not Lokied.)

But as the date drew nearer to the NTLive screening I suddenly got excited (read, the morning of the screening on the 30th). And I found out Mark Gatiss played in it as well!!!

A friend of mine had some tickets left for Amsterdam. But after some quick calculations, me going to Amsterdam to see the play would be too expensive, plus I had to work the next day, so I would be home in the middle of the night.

But I checked the site for the cinema venues and found a show was also playing in The Hague, as in much closer to home and about half the train fare I would have to pay instead of going to Amsterdam. Plus I had time to travel home first to dump my workstuff and eat dinner.

So I asked my fellow collegue and fellow blogger Tekira if she wanted to join me, and she did!

We quickly bought tickets and decided to meet up in front of the cinema, oh I was excited.

And I loved half my twitter timeline was going as well, not only The Hague, but Amsterdam, Ede and London!

I tweeted like a proper fangirl, both me and Tekira got lost in The Hague (damn you google maps!) and we were just in time to see the show. Also big surprise, one of my fellow DCC lovelies Lilia turned out to be in the same cinema as well, although a different room then we were. (Epic hugging afterwards!!)

So what is Coriolanus about?

Synopsis according to the NTLive site:

National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s  Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of real politic and the voice of an angry people.

Cast:

  • Jacqueline Boatswain: Valeria
  • Peter De Jersey: Cominius
  • Alfred Enoch: Titus Lartius
  • Deborah Findlay: Volumnia
  • Hadley Fraser: Aufidius
  • Mark Gatiss: Menenius
  • Tom Hiddleston: Caius Martius Coriolanus
  • Birgitte Hjort Sørensen: Virgilia
  • Elliot Levey: Brutus
  • Rochenda Sandall: Ensemble
  • Helen Schlesinger: Sicinia
  • Mark Stanley: Ensemble
  • Dwane Walcott: Ensemble

My thoughts:

First of all, I have to state, as you all know, I am Dutch. That means I didn’t grow up with Shakespeare like the British. We also don’t have a rich theatre culture like the UK. And most people only come in contact with Shakespeare when they watch those awful Hollywood remakes. (Or the occasional Doctor Who episode.)

This was my first Shakespeare play I saw. And I loved it. Coriolanus is one of the more unfamiliar Shakespeare plays and I had no clue prior to watching what it was about. Or roughly translated, to freaking lazy to check, Mark Gatiss was in it, what more do I need to know?!

But I think for me it’s the perfect play to start with. It’s full of action, blood, humour, tension, epicness and a lot more (ok, don’t expect me to go into all the themes in this Shakespeare play, it’s more of an, I really freaking loved it review.)

Mark Gatiss as Menenius is brilliant. I know his work as Mycroft in Sherlock, both actor and writer for Doctor Who and his work in the League of Gentlemen. And a lot can be said about these somewhat less serious roles. I’ve never seen him on stage before and that is a whole different kind of acting then in front of a camera. And I was blow away by it. The way he plays his role is… I don’t know, epic, brilliant, amazing, just about every positive word you can come up with? He does it with a posture and delivering his lines is something I can only stand in awe of.

Tom Hiddleston I only know for his role as Loki, and I acknowledge his acting as good. The dark edge he gives to this character. I’ve seen bits and pieces of him on YouTube interacting with fans and general craziness. He’s good. But as I stated before, I’m not Lokied. Ok, if I had to choose between Loki and Thor, I’d go for Loki. And I loved I got the chance to see him in a theatre play. His role as Coriolanus is wonderful. He plays the lead role and, just like with Mark Gatiss, I’m in awe of his acting. He can transfer every emotion so brilliantly, you see his anger and pain and doubt as no other. And the fact he has to (I think) shower in between the scenes about 3 times due to all the blood, rotten tomatoes and other foul stuff he got dumped on him. The fight scenes are superb, the raw pain and tears are emotional and heartbreaking and I have to mention this for my fellow fangirls… the sheet! I will say no more.

The last cast member I’m going to mention is Deborah Findlay as Volumnia, Coriolanus’ mother. There was something familiar about her and as I’m writing this review with some research, she was in Torchwood. Seriously, the UK has about 10 actors, hihi. But she is brilliant as the crazy-ass mother, wanting her son to be a hero, to show him off to the world, being proud, although according to modern standard, not in a good way. She would rather have him a dead war hero then beaten and alive at home. Although how she changes her opinion at the end of the play, wow.

The whole cast was amazing not only the three I picked to tell something about and I sat on the edge of my seat for about three hours.

I will definitely try to see more of these NTLive screenings in the future, and who knows, maybe some live plays when I’m back in London.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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YouTube Sunday (finally!)

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Sigh; finally have the time to do a proper YouTube Sunday again. This last month has been crazy. I had to pick up the workload for a colleague who went on a 4 week holiday and after that I had my own vacation break. But that also meant I was to freaking tired during the week to gather geek vids for you guys. When I encountered one I saved it. But I never posted them. So now, on the last day of my holiday (eugh, I need to start working again tomorrow) I’ll post them all at once.

So now, still in my pyjamas, cause you know, it’s Sunday, I’ll be sorting through about 40 vids I collected. I hope you’ll enjoy them. Some may be a bit old, but nevertheless fun to watch. Enjoy!

Seeing as the movie How to train your dragon 2 is coming out June 2014, here’s something to kill the hiatus for you in between waits. The making of part 1: http://youtu.be/PQMBA4896pU if you go to the geek who posted it, there is more where that came from 😉

I first encountered the song Sail by Awolnation in a fanvid made for Sherlock: http://youtu.be/tderL0tZ2jo and I think this is one of the most awesome fanmade vids with this song; it fits in every way possible. And now I found a Supernatural one as well!: http://youtu.be/IbQEyH9bdlg  I mean, this song, is just perfect if you’re having a crappy day and want to get it out of your system by playing angry music and shouting along with it. It’s one of my favourite songs on my mp3 player.

Ok, this is old news for a lot of Sherlockians and a lot of rumours online as we wait for season 3. But fake scenes??? What?: http://youtu.be/epIch_VCVp8 (no Setlock involved in this vid)

A bit of Sherlock season 3 in this drama trailer by BBC: http://youtu.be/ThHEcmDBXpg when is the wait finally over!

The Little Flavour teaser trailer has finally landed, and when it came out, my social media exploded, it’s short, it’s bloody and I need more: http://youtu.be/7mghu5ELe_c

Neutron creme! I’m talking about Star Trek obviously, this vid is a crappy quality, but Karl Urban explains a bit about is: http://youtu.be/xPdrKDh_olw

Talking about Star trek, here’s the honest trailer: http://youtu.be/6B22Uy7SBe4

So what happens if you cross Harry Potter with Doctor Who? http://youtu.be/3aLBLb8DQO4  another fanvid.

There are countless of version online for the cup song (song by Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect the movie), but I really like this one as it’s in Gaelic: http://youtu.be/nFtfk0bZVRM

I’m going to Gent in two weeks to see the Julian Assange movie ‘the Fifth Estate’ here’s Julian’s reaction to Benedict’s accent: http://youtu.be/C-X8dxsuOOw I can’t wait to see this movie! Oh and a bit more Fifth Estate: http://youtu.be/ZTzCpjT2ds8

More Benedict? Yes please: another interview with Benedict: http://youtu.be/VtfOxmOzcec  and one more: http://youtu.be/JeEQ2wbRxHY  oh ok, I’ll give you another one: http://youtu.be/iY9lcIHzREc

Although I haven’t watched Merlin (seriously I tried, several times) I did enjoy this children’s in need vid the cast made: http://youtu.be/5k0DinFR5rw

Winter is coming, but not season 4 of Game of Thrones, we still have to wait for some time. Until then, enjoy this extended version of the intro: http://youtu.be/EyJUx2co12c

Season 8 gagreel Supernatural!!! http://youtu.be/6Xlste6kFmk they are the best! Ladies, hold on to your ovaries for this one.

Spoilers people, for Supernatural season 9: http://youtu.be/DfcKMlFCqiU Oh god, is it October yet? Also a nice Castiel and & Crowley promo (insert exploding ovaries here…): http://youtu.be/3anPgm0NQXY (can I make that into a ringtone ‘Hello Crowley here, aka the King of Hell) and of course the extended promo, again, spoilers: http://youtu.be/wgH-oNilKGc

Tom Hiddleston and Cookie monster, do I need to explain myself?: http://youtu.be/b_ubVVnWglk

This is seriously one of the craziest vids I have seen. And it’s a big hit on tumblr as well, what does the fox say: http://youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE

Since we are still waiting for the 50th trailer to come out, at least for the ones who didn’t go to ComicCon, there are a lot of fanmade trailers popping up, enjoy this one: http://youtu.be/_PBlVhQcGT4  also a fanmade intro for Peter Capaldi: http://youtu.be/oXOBHnWiinY

And also a bit of behind the scenes for Doctor Who as well: http://youtu.be/QPqmOrf1Y9E and a vid about the 10th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver universal remote control: http://youtu.be/9f16q0ZQ2D8 just shut up and take my money!

Neville what happened to you? Innuendo bingo with Matthew Lewis: http://youtu.be/UZoAl8-XQmo

Vlogbrothers and Neil Gaiman? God yes please: http://youtu.be/X9Em3v9CqdU

My name is Khan on a 20 min loop; kuddo’s if you can actually watch this for 20 min I made it to 2: http://youtu.be/3eM-P1bEQYI

David Tennant on the Proclaimers: http://youtu.be/l5RXMt7rIXo  Oh god, that accent.

Ohhh new trailer for you guys, Disney’s frozen: http://youtu.be/TbQm5doF_Uc  Seriously, I’m just a big kid, geeking out over this trailer.

For the Avenger fans, a Thor featurette: http://youtu.be/LL8VHNR0wIU

I love Simon Pegg, haven’t seen the Worlds End yet, but here he is explaining the 12 stages of drunkenness: http://youtu.be/-LO4xWk7_cI

We end this YouTube Sunday with a nerdy chat with Steven Moffat: http://youtu.be/JeCM7LiThEs

I hope you guys enjoyed this YouTube Sunday; I know I did, for the full playlist, check this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFCliQ8XYXop4SnDqYE-KVnY

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.