It’s that time of year again – outdoor theatre in a medieval castle. This year we are doing Fielding’s Tom Jones. Hence the signs which read “TOM JONES” in large letters, then, slightly smaller (and bracketed) “the play”, to avoid any embarassment with ladies queuing with their underwear ready for the great man to strike up with “It’s Not Unusual”. Yeah, Tom Jones plays Lewes Castle… Great.
No, it’s an adaptation of the novel that we’re doing, and the director’s worried about how the good people of Lewes will react to all the sex. The landlady of my local stopped by and looked over the wall. “Very Lewes” she said, seeing the bawdy goings on, so that settled that. Several spectators with younger children were leaning over the wall enjoying one of the more energetic scenes Molly “thanks” Tom for his kindness. No kids were whisked away by shocked parents.
I’ve put the pictures I took at the dress last night over on PicasaWeb (still trying it out). Unfortunatley my batteries ran flat before I could get any decent ones. I forgot to charge them up.
It should be a highly enjoyable show (provided the weather does what it’s supposed to… by no means guaranteed). Gates open 6.30pm, bring a picnic; the performance starts at 7.30pm and is over by 10pm. Descriptions here and here and you can even buy your tickets online for tonight, tomorrow, Friday, or Sat.