I was fully expecting to see Lily Allen Sheezus hand bills plastered all over London while I was there. That was not the case. (btw, Sheezus entered at No 1 in the UK album charts. Sweet!)
But, I saw two wonderful hand bills all over the London Underground:
That is Lesley Sharp and Kate O'Flynn, starring in A Taste of Honey, which was its author, Shelagh Delaney's first play ever. She was twenty years old.
I fell in love with Lesley Sharp aboot twenty years ago, when she was in Mike Leigh's masterpiece of a film, Naked. I fell in love with Ms O'Flynn about five years ago when she was in Mike Leigh's masterpiece of a film, Happy-Go-Lucky.
Moreover, I knew about A Taste of Honey before I had even seen the script, thanks to The Beatles, and The Smiths. The Beatles covered the song from the film version, and Morrissey referenced the play in a song, and also made Ms Delaney (a Mancunian) a cover star for their Louder Than Bombs double lp.
I did not catch on to those facts until I actually read the script, and did some scene work for a graduate student playwright. It was some of the best work I ever did. Stephanie Swenson played the Kate O'Flynn role. I can not remember the name of the woman who played Lesley Sharp's part, and I played O"Flynn's sort of boyfriend. We did it in untutored Mancunian accents (and did it quite well!) I just channeled Paul McCartney crossed with Ringo, and even though Stephanie and I were crushed back stage after finishing, thinking we had done an epic fail, it was one of our finest performances. I got a number of other off-Main Stage roles from writers and directors just on the strength of that performance.
Also saw this on the Tube walls:
Well, I love both of these guys. A lot. And, apparently this show has won a bunch of awards, but Jeeves and Wooster will always be Fry and Laurie to me, so, I do not know.
There is also a production of this play with one of my sweetie's favorite stars, Matthew Macfayden, too. Macfayden plays Jeeves. Renee would definitely be down with that!