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Report on Theatre Outing    West Side Story 25 February  2014

In February, a large group of Members, partners and friends enjoyed the musical West Side Story at Woking Theatre, which was jammed packed at every performance – very popular. The scenery really created the impression of the New York appartments and balconies and ingeniously moved with changing lighting and backdrops to create different street scenes and interiors. The choreography and dancing of the Sharks and Jets was excellent.  Oh to be young and dance as energetically as the cast did!.

This production gained plaudits for sticking to the original themes of the 1957 Broadway production (libretto by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins, set in New York in the mid-50’s). and resisting an update, such as the gangs being into guns and drug-running. It was great to relive the familiar music, dialogue and songs all over again, wonderful songs but we did have some problems in hearing the Puerto Rican and New Yorker dialogues. Our thanks to Steve Duckworth for organising all the various seats, all with good views.

Alan Boyd

Outings Report   London Unlimited 22 Jan 2014

We travelled in Robert Winslade’s new luxury coach (very comfortable) and despite the inevitable  traffic jams, arrived early enough to have a full day in Town.  The weather treated us kindly – it was not as cold as January generally is;  it was one of the few days in the previous couple of months in which it has not rained, and even the sun made a brief appearance in the middle of the day.

With a large choice of destination to meet individuals interests, travellers spread themselves widely.  From the South Kensington drop-off, people visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, (but the Natural History Museum was overrun with school and student groups), whilst those dropped at St Pauls visited St Pauls itself or wandered to The Globe Theatre, Millenium Bridge, Riverside Walk, or Tate Modern. At the Tate Modern, we could see the progress on the futuristic new extension, which was faced by the recent development of small blocks of modern appartments with Thames views, all from just £1.6 M on ground floor up to £6.25 M.at the top.

London always provides a range of watering holes, some with great views of the river and skyline. – so even lunchtime was enjoyable. Generally agreed to be very fruitful, enjoyable and an opportunity to visit all these places at a very reasonable cost. Thanks to John Clark for efficient planning and organisation of the trip.

Alan Boyd  

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