In last week’s round-up, I had listed a tumblr post that compiled the detail shots by Mike Lees of the intricately detailed Uncle Vanya set. Beauty aside, it is just astounding with how much care and precision the set was designed. In the comments, Besotted and I were musing about the point and reason of such detail – that is invisible for the audience. Keen on getting an answer from the source, I took to Instagram and actually asked the set designer, Rae Smith, “all that detail that would not have been noticeable by the theatregoers (e.g. documents in Russian, Cyrillic typewriter) is that all due to your own perfectionism/style or is that done solely to benefit the actors so they can “be” the character and feel completely immersed?” She kindly came back with an answer. (If below embedded IG post doesn’t show on your screen, I have included a screenshot of her answer below left.)
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Interesting to know, right, that the set itself here serves not only the entertainment of the audience, but even more so the imagination of the actors. That is a lot of prep and props just for the benefit of helping actors do their job.
That sounds as if I disapprove – I do not!
Rae Smith actually had tagged the wrong stage manager into her reply and corrected her mistake in a second reply. Which brought Graham Michael, stage manager for UV, into the thread. You can read the conversation in the embedded IG post above, but just to say he chimed in on the Cyrillic typewriter. And interestingly – that typewriter apparently is currently up for auction on eBay! Graham posted the link for me, and I checked it out – Yours for £40 – if you act fast. Only 5 hours to go… (click picture to go to listing).
- That’s how I like to start a round-up – with some gorgeous Guy with nice edits. Posted by zuzcreation
- Riepu10 continues to delight us with her Astrov gifs, here with added hand porn
let’s continue to keep the veil of silence over that anachronistic plastic biro…
- Riepu10 again. With this series of masterpiece gifs. Required watching. Possibly not in presence of significant other. Enjoy
- Staying with Riepu10 – this is an old edit of hers from a while back. Hm, I am wondering whether we should create a Porter meme *coughs*… This could be an interesting source image
- Jeepers, that’s some strong hairporn here in this gif set by richiecrispie. Astrov with his #romanticherohair
- An old one by thelurkingdead, spotted on mezzmerizedbyrichard’s TL – Richard through car windows…
- Nfcomics has completely nailed it. *coughs*. What a Guy Wants
- In the current climate, I really enjoyed this piece of fan fiction by thewarriorandtheking. Fluff! Of the best kind
- The Hobbit characters as birds by elvish-sky. Yeah, not surprised about Thorin
Sorry, looks like a slow week… But if you need to fill time, I can back Richard’s recommendation of the new Nicola Shindler-produced Channel 4 drama It’s a Sin. Mr Guylty and I tuned in last night and went on what is basically a binge for our standards: three out of five episodes watched in one evening. The show follows a group of young gay men (and one token female, straight friend 😜) through the 1980s. Each episode takes place in a different year, starting in 1981 and ending in 1991. For someone who has lived through the eighties, I did have memories of this new lethal illness that caused the campaigns for safe sex in the mid-eighties. But since the friend group in the film is roughly ten years older than me, the earlier episodes were just that bit too far removed from my own memories and experiences. Having said all that, the show walks the perfect balance between laughter and sadness. Watching some of the action is just astounding – the bias and bigotry and discrimination is hard to stomach. And especially so when you realise it’s only 40 years ago. The show certainly gets the general atmosphere very well across, not least thanks to the fabulous 80s soundtrack. Definitely a great show to watch – not just for members of the LGBTQ+ communities!