Company – tape 2484

Here’s a tape that made it into my collection, but I think it was lent to me by somebody else. Sorry!

It starts with the end of Brian Cox (the actor) talking about the end of John Ford’s The Searchers. This was for the short programme Close Up.

There’s a trailer for Oliver Stone’s JFK.

Then, a live broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. This is why I was lent this tape – I was auditioning for a part in the show for a local am-dram.

The lead, Bobby, is played by Adrian Lester.

Also in the cast is the wonderful Rebecca Front.

And Clive Rowe as her husband.

The show is about Single 35 year old Bobby, and his interactions with all of his married friends. I think the best verdict on this was from my friend Danny, a longtime musical theatre performer, who came to see our production. He said he hated the show, didn’t agree with a word of it, but liked the production. I think I agree with that. I didn’t identify much with many of the characters.

It does have some lovely songs in there. The opening number was a nightmare to learn – all the cast are singing slightly different lines, at slightly different times, so there’s nowhere to hide, and there’s a hell of a lot of counting bars and beats to ensure you come in at the right time. It’s sounds amazing when you do it right, though.

 

I played the smallest character in the show – I get one or two solo lines in one song, otherwise it’s all ensemble singing. Not that that’s entirely bad, as it meant I got plenty of time to relax between my scenes.

Wow, whoever recorded this tape had horrible reception.

During the interval, there’s a conversation between the show’s director Sam Mendes, and composer Stephen Sondheim.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 1st March 1997 – 20:30

After this, there’s a trailer for Cosi Fan Tutte.

Then, recording continues with the start of Harrison Bergeron but that recording stops quite quickly, and underneath there’s David Bradley and Robson Green, from an ITV show called Reckless about which I know nothing. Robson Green’s entire oeuvre is a closed book to me.

After this show ends, that recording also stops and under that is a programme about dogs. It’s called A Dog’s World.

After this, there’s the start of an episode of ER during which the tape stops.

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One comment

  1. I think Reckless is considered a cut above Robson Green’s other work because it was written by Paul Abbott and was a hugely successful series, winning awards and stuff. They did a sequel because it was so popular, but Abbott didn’t write that.

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