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Tales from Vacation 4 - The Amazingly Slashy Play at the Traverse Theatre - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
June 23rd, 2005
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Tales from Vacation 4 - The Amazingly Slashy Play at the Traverse Theatre
Sorry for the spamming, but I missed a day; trying to keep up!

So, I've already mentioned other reasons I went to England/Scotland - my mootmates, the musical, the puffins - but, of course, there was also the "Billeh". Yes, I wanted to see where he grew up and went to drama school and wants to perform "Hamlet" at the Citizen Theatre (Glasgow), and I wanted to see where he did most of his theatrical work (Edinburgh). And the Traverse Theatre is probably where he's done the most, so when I got into Edinburgh on Friday night, I got tickets for the only play showing at that time, "Crossings", an original script from a Welsh scriptwriting group. And was it ever slashy - *L*!!!

Jules, remember the setup for the play that Andy Serkis directed, "The Double Bass"? Well, this was in Traverse's second theatre, a tiny one, and it was almost exactly like the theatre we saw Andy's play in. *G* The Traverse building itself is very modern and cool, with a fun, happening bar - and very much deserves to be the pride of Edinburgh. I'm impressed that he appeared there as such a green actor - kudos to Billy!

The play itself was about three pairs of people in love, and a dead boy. A teenage girl sees the ghost of her dead friend, a mischievous young teen, very cheeky, who pushes her to find out how he ended up dead on the mudflats in an apparent suicide. He claims he was killed. The teenage girl is a lesbian, and talks her girlfriend into taking her to the scene of his death. They're having problems with their relationship (the first girl has been cutting herself), and so are the girl's mom and her boyfriend, and so are a pair of gay lovers - a professor and student - who apparently have some connection to the younger boy and possibly his death. Sounds melodramatic, but it was actually very true-to-life, with real dialogue and thoughts and no simple answers or simple characters.

Want to hear more about the slashiness? Let me put this behind an lj-cut, then, for those not into slash:



We first see the gay couple as they walk into the door of their place, and the older man grabs the younger man's crotch and pushes him against the wall. They tussle sexually some more, and the older man pushes the younger man against the wall again... and says "oh... watch out for the plants". *L*!!!! Turns out the younger guy had asked the older one to be dominant and rough - *G* - but the older guy was just too nice to really carry it off! *L*! Loved the older guy. And, gee... he reminded me of an older Billy... and the younger guy? Yep. Dom. God that was strange, but I loved it! They were pretty blunt - eventually they got to it, with the professor wetting his fingers and pushing them down the back of the other man's trousers, then "humping" him (yes, it would have been a bit much if they'd taken their trousers off!) until he came. *imagine Ros in the audience with her eyes wide in surprise*

Again, great play. The "dead boy" was like this little Loki, covered in dried mud with his hair sticking out all over the place, climbing and bouncing off of everything. And the ending was good - I was surprised, yet I wasn't. It was the great drama experience I was hoping for at the Trav!

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From:anonypooh
Date:June 24th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
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I looooooooooove small theatre - this sounds like the sort of production The Drill Hall in London would do. Must go back to The Southwark Playhouse when I can afford to indulge my fancies a bit more.

Dom and Billy huh? ... *ggl* - you. hopeless! ;)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 24th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Yes, you must! *G* Riskier, in that the bad plays are usually horrible... but, on the other hands, the good ones are even more amazing in a small setting.

Naughty girl! Didn't think you'd read that bit! *G* Many AU monaboyd stories tend to have Billy as a professor and Dom as a student; it would have been surprising had I not pictured the situation as them! *G*
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From:lavendertook
Date:June 26th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
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So what happened with the lesbian couple? And I don't mind being spoiled. I'm always interested to see how lesbians are presented, as the media hasn't had a good history for honoring f/f couples--worse than gay men.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 27th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
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They were pretty straightforward about all of it. The other girl got upset about the first girl's obsession with all of this and felt (rightly) that the other girl wasn't giving anything to their relationship, so she gave her an ultimatum and they broke up. This is right when the first girl has talked her into taking her to the scene of the crime.

The first girl then has a series of adventures, going deeper and deeper in to what happened to the boy, which leads her to some realizations about her problems.

The end of the play is a couple of months later. The girlfriend comes to visit the first girl. Turns out she's made some other friends, some of whom were suffering similar problems to the first girl (cutting, depression), and the first girl has gotten some help... so they pretty much agree to start over, from a better place.

There really was no stereotyping, in clothing or anything; some kissing was shown, but that's about it.
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From:lavendertook
Date:June 29th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
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Hey, that they don't turn into psycho killers or wind up dead and that they actually have a chance of a future together is all that's needed to not be stereotype. Sounds cool. (-:

Thank you for the write up. (-:
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