Thursday, May 25, 2006

And now, the end is near.....

Indeed, the end of this seasons opera has come. I enjoyed it, the others enjoyed it, the audience enjoyed it. I think we can take it that it was an enjoyable experience all round.

What isn't so enjoyable at the moment is some of the other bits of my life. For those who know don't know the story of Faust he makes a pact with the devil and sells his soul. I sometimes wonder whether I've done the same.

Apart from losing my licence, and yes, I still know I have to give you the story of my arrest etc and also why I'm in the early stages of doing 100 hours community service but today also sees me in court this afternoon to try and stop our eviction from what has been my home for 31 years.

At the end of Faust the Chorus have the last lines;

"Let Earth be severe,
Let Earth be severe,
Heaven is forgiving."

For some reason I've found that this has become my personal mantra at the moment. Let's hope a bit of heavenly forgiveness shines on us this afternoon.

Monday, May 15, 2006

I'm pleading lack of time yet again for the lack of posts, but time is an even greater commodity as this week sees our performance of Faust.

Final rehearsals started on Saturday. Tonight is the SitzProbe, (a run through with the orcheastra rather than the strange medical examination it sounds like), Tuesday, the Technical rehearsal, Wednesday the Dress Rehearsal, and then Thursday, Friday and Saturday the performances. This will be followed by the cast party and much collapsing with exhaustion!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Those who live by the sword......

Not another one of my proverb posts, although it might be interesting.

The Da Vinci Code is released on the 19th and The Catholic Church and Opus Dei are gearing up to refute it's claims.

The problem for the church, and as much for the broad church as just one sect, is that they cannot deny that historically they have over-ridden other religions and facts to further their cause. No-one can deny The Inquisition and in the beginning of Christianity around the world they took over the pagan festivals and converted them to Christian celebrations. Indeed, we see the same happening today, where "The Church of Political Correctness" thinks Christmas should be abandoned in favour of an all inclusive Winter Festival.

I have read the book, along with millions of others, (readers, not books), and enjoyed it. Whether there be any truth in it whatsoever with regard to the central premise or not I found it a good read. Because of religions past behaviour however, one does certainly wonder whether there might be something in it.

The Church really need not worry though. Those who believe in Christ et al, are unlikely to be swayed away from their beliefs and for those who are non-believers it will just be a film with a story they either like or don't.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Lack of posts due partly to me being in great pain with a jaw infection.

On the positive side, I am hopeful that the long awaited contract in Jersey is on the brink of being signed.

Updates will re-commence when I can stand the pain of my jaw and the pain of writing them.