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I flew to the US last week for a conference, and on my way back I managed to work in a 36 hour layover in London on Monday and Tuesday. I touched down at Heathrow around 6:30am and made it to the Walrus Youth Hostel (literally right beside Waterloo Station) by 8:30am. I had been wanting to see a play and found out Andrew Scott was performing in Birdland at the Royal Court Theatre, but that tickets for Monday performances were only available day of as of 9:00am. I got online straight away and got one of the last tickets remaining.

I did some necessary shopping, met the awesomely clever fic writer [ profile] pennypaperbrain for lunch, trundled off to Hampstead Heath for a run and hill workout (if Benedict seriously goes running there regularly, no wonder he has such a lovely bottom), cleaned up and headed off to the Royal Court Theatre.

The place was packed (see below), and after eating a quick dinner of wine and crisps ([ profile] drinkingcocoa would have encouraged me to eat something proper if she'd been with me), and buying a rather affordable copy of the program AND play (just 3 pounds), I settled in for the 2 hour performance.

I found the acting solid, but the purpose or purposeless ness of the story flummoxed me. I want to say it felt too superficial and placed greater emphasis on flashy staging (they flooded half the stage with water at a certain point, I think to reflect the sinking of Scott's character) than on a story with sufficient depth and purpose.

However, I am happy to report that Andrew Scott can DANCE!

He was playing this rock singer and when they transitioned scenes he would usually be busting a move. There was a lot more upper body than lower body action, but it was really cool to watch. He is also tiny and very fit. I want to say he seems to be 5'9" or so but very slight in some ways. His arms were more cut for this role than when he was Richard Brook. He was shirtless or nearly shirtless for a good portion of the performance and he has those dimples in his lower back. He was also wearing very tight trousers so his full form was well displayed.

But lots of power in him. When he started dancing, suddenly he was Mr. Sex. OMG!

More Squee: I did the stage door thing,  although I was really torn about it, so I was in a crowd of only about 15-20 people and got to see Andrew up close. I asked him for a photo and he said sure, but while I stepped aside to find someone to take the picture, another woman posed with him, and then suddenly he had to go and I never got the picture. I know I could have gotten one if I had acted sooner, but I held back because I just felt kind of sorry for him- for asking this of him when it was starting to rain. I sort of feel like I failed a little at being a fangirl and went home a bit disappointed in myself because I didn't even take a photo of hime while he was with other fans (I thought the flash might be annoying, and I just wanted to ask first).

The good news, however, is that the following morning, tickets for Martin Freeman in Richard III went on sale at 10am to the general public. I managed to score a pair for August 6th and am trying to rope my husband into finally coming to London. If he doesn't come, I'll need someone to join me. The tickets are in an interesting area and look like they might even be right behind the stage, so I should have a good view of Martin Freeman!
pennswoods: (Love London)
This is the second installment of several posts detailing the ups and downs of tracking filming and spoilers for Sherlock Series #3 with partner in crime dudeufugly.

Tumblr Post to Part I
Tumblr Post to Part II


Our second (and third) days on the trail of spoilers... )
pennswoods: (Love London)

Original Tumblr Post Here

I had the amazing opportunity of spending 8 days in London (and Cardiff)  with dudeufugly in search of #setlock for Spoilercast (the spoiler segment of the Three Patch Podcast).  This is the first of several write-ups detailing the ups and downs of tracking down and finally experiencing filming for Sherlock series 3.


The adventure began on a Tuesday when I arrived from London/Gatwick at our hostel shortly after 10pm. Geny (dudeufugly) and I had begun texting each other the minute I cleared customs so that I was quite literally off my face with excitement when I finally met her at check-in. I’m afraid I screamed in her ear in happiness while she hugged me.


We then headed up to the dorm room so I could get settled in and we begin planning our next course of action. At this point, a quick shout-out to our hostel is in order. The Travel Joy Hostel in Pimlico on the Victoria Line, was awesome (photo above), affordable, clean, well-staffed and had the best amenities of all the hostels I’ve stayed at this past year. It also had an awesome view of the Battersea Power Station (the photo below is the view from outside), which only fueled our fannishness.


It’s part of a pub, has free soft-drinks and tea and coffee throughout the day, breakfast is included, the wifi (SO IMPORTANT WHEN SETLOCKING) was strong and cost only 1 pound a day. While Geny strategized by checking tags and other resources for possible leads (she has got this down to a science!) and answering asks, I took care of a few work emails and did some work on drafting a grammar exam for my students (boring - I know!)


We knew at this point that Sherlock had been filming in the studio in Cardiff and were looking for hints regarding when and where they might resume outdoor filming. However, we weren't able to uncover productive leads so decided to spend the following day in London paying homage to beloved Sherlock sites around town.

Stay tuned for that in Part II.

pennswoods: (Love London)

My latest trip to London was a success and I got to see actual filming of Sherlock! Twice! This is me and my travel buddy Geny (dudeufugly) on Tumblr standing in front of the actual door on North Gower Street just a few hours before filming began. What a thrill! There's so much to report, including plenty of nonsense, that I want to write up in great detail for those who couldn't be there. I think I'm going to call this series My Setlock Life because I'm cheesy that way. Stay tuned. . .

pennswoods: (Brilliant)

This next bit concerns the Q&A session that followed after the run-through. This reflects only the questions and answers I managed to write down though a good number were asked. Since I was typing these up on my iPad without my keyboard, I couldn't take down the precise questions or answers, so these are at best a half-assed attempt at summary while under the influence of alcohol and a whole lot of squee...

1. How do you get into this? Radio? Finnemore responded to this with some tips and advice for writers also interested in getting into writing radio comedy. He indicated that things when he started were not as good as they are now but that there are places (in radio) that are actively soliciting new work. He also indicated that these venues are not present in other media. The two names I got down are 'The Writer's Room Setup' and 'News Jack'. One or both or someone out there is positively looking for new people. His response was very encouraging to those new writers who are just starting out, and I have a feeling that he is keen to encourage.

More questions and answers this way... )


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