Shawshank Redherring

Posted by Jeni in Ad Infinitum | 17 September 2009

I went and saw the Shawshank redemption. It started at seven thirty, I was eating falafal in Gaby's by seven fifty two.

Why would anybody want to make a stage piece out of a perfectly brilliant film.

I was embarrassed by the direction, staging, lack of communication between the actors. It made me feel trapped.

I interviewed Terry Frisby today about KISSES ON A POSTCARD. He was a wonderful guest. I lived in his house back in the 70's and there I was interviewing him on my own radio show.

We went for tea in Fiori's and I burst into tears. Our lives had flown past. Like I was his charge that had taken charge.

We talked for two hours, argued for one and left each other so that I could meet Linda S for the Shawshank Debacle.

It was worse than 'Prisoner in Cell Block 'H'' When three men stripped off it was difficult but when the dreadful american accents started exposing themselves it was too much to bare -sorry bear.

I can't tell you how sorry I am to speak so ill of a theatrical production but if you have a spare few quid and are thinking of going to the Wyndhams, think again. You'd be better off buying a lottery ticket, you stand more chance of winning 85million than scoring on Shawshank.

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1. At September 17, 2009 2:24 AM christian wrote:

Sounds like it need shanking x

2. At September 17, 2009 9:17 AM June wrote:

Hi Jeni

It's so wonderful to hear from Kirsten, love hugs and kisses to you Kirsten.

I too cried yesterday Jeni, when Terry Frisby said his mother had invented a code so they could let her know if they were being well treated. Oh Jeni can you imagine having to send your beloved children away and not know where they were going and how they were going to be treated, and so having to come up with a code. I know this is exactly what my parents had to do with my older sister and it wasn't till yesterday I truely realised the full horror of it all, just in the telling of Terry's story. Needless to say I'm off to buy the book, so thank you Mr Frisby.

Oh Jeni can you tell me where you bought the white overalls? Not the dalmation ones but the white ones, I so love cosy clothes!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Love June

PS Because our parents had no peace of mind my father went to Dorset where my sister had been sent and bought her back home because he wasn't happy with the conditions she was living in.

3. At September 19, 2009 7:13 PM Kirsten wrote:

Hi Jeni, I was in Fiori's on the 17th, but obviously missed you - if I'd seen you I'd have paid for your tea!
I'm not surprised you didn't like Shawshank, I will definitely not be seeing it. There is no way it could come even close to the film.
I've had a lovely few days in London; saw 'Julie & Julia' - Meryl Streep & Stanley Tucci are wonderful. Saw Lenny Henry in 'Othello' on Thurs night, (he was good, but Conrad Nelson as Iago was BRILLIANT!), & David Troughton & Kevin Spacey in 'Inherit The Wind' last night - LOVED it! Also went to Dulwich Picture Gallery & the Royal Academy of Arts & had a lovely walk in St James's Park. I love it when I get to spend time in London on my own, doing what I want. Selfish, moi? Yeah, probably!! :) Hope you're having a great weekend.

PS Thank you to June & Rhiannon for your kind wishes.

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