February 24th, 2011



We went to the Phill Jupitus-led production of Spamalot at the Corn Exchange last night. uitlander had secured us tickets J16-18, which meant pretty much in the middle of the second row, a point close enough to the stage that we could easily make out the badges the performers were wearing as their coats of arms (Jupitus was wearing the arms of Cambridge University, perhaps as a tribute to the venue).

A great show, based on the Monty Python and the Holy Grail story, but with certain meta aspects addressing the form of the musical itself, including the point where King Arthur has to stage a musical, and has to find a star to perform in it or it won't work. This does, of course, reflect the way that Jupitus is a known name in an otherwise pretty well unknown ensemble cast.

The first half was good, but I think it got even better for the second half. It was relatively short, finishing about two hours after it started (and there's a half hour for the interval), but the density of the comedy made it feel longer.

Overall, well recommended, even to those like me who would normally steer well clear of musicals.


Regarding cats, yes, we do intend to get some more.

We're currently talking to a breeder over in Colchester, one who is not unhappy about us letting cats out of the house. There is a litter due next Monday, and another a month later, so we should have a better idea of what will be happening in a while.

Abyssinians, of course.

If there are two suitable kittens in that first litter, then we could have them at the end of May. If the second litter is more appropriate, then we might attend Swecon after all.

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