A busy week this week.
Royal Opera House Live/ Odeon Cinema: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I love that the big companies live-stream events. The cost of good seats at the Opera House is prohibitive, and I wouldn’t be able to see nearly as many ballets, operas etc as I do. This production of Alice is contemporary, bright, and features a brilliantly comedic Red Queen, a clever puppet Cheshire Cat and a lively tap-dancing Mad Hatter. Brilliant fun, and local, too.
The O2 Arena: Metallica
I looooove a big rock gig, and they don’t come much bigger than Metallica.
The support act were impressive. A Norwegian band called Kvelertak, whose singer appeared on stage with an owl on his head.
Metallica were amazing, as always, and I thoroughly enjoyed both the old and the new songs. I got the chance to wear a pop culture icon – the leather biker jacket, and to sing ( or shout) along with some of my old favourites.
The British Library: Tiger Lillies
This little gig was a jewel. I really like this band, and this was a chance to hear their album Cold Night In Soho played live for the last time ever. The British Library was a strange venue for a gig – more on that later.
The British Library: Harry Potter – A History of Magic
This was the British Library’s late night event celebrating J K Rowling’s creation and the history of “magic” in general. The exhibition was well laid out, and the Harry Potter theme certainly drew in a crowd. My focus was the Tiger Lillies gig, which formed part of the evening’s entertainment, but I did come away with a Slytherin scarf.