Kilworth Cats!

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Off to Kilworth Theatre today with Ann, Janet, Jo and Carol to see the theatre’s production of ‘Cats‘. Am I the only person to have never a ‘Cats’ production before? Quite possibly!

Last time we were here was back in June, to see Joseph – and today was just as busy! West End quality without the prices! ๐Ÿ˜

The story, is, as you probably guessed, is about cats! But these are no ordinary felines! The Jellicle Cats appear on just one very unique night of the year โ€“ the night of the Jellicle Ball. They each they tell their stories to Old Deuteronomy, their well-respected cat-leader, who must choose one of them to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Thanks Wiki! ๐Ÿ˜

As always, with all Kilworth’s productions, they’re super-professional and every member of the cast looks like they’re having fun. Tonight was no exception and although we only knew a few of the tunes (all in the second-half), it was a very worthwhile experience.

And if the acting and the singing is always top-notch here, then the set design is right up there too! Kilworth’s interpretation for this production was that of an Underground Station – and it looked very (very) convincing with incredible attention-to-detail everywhere.

Being an outdoor performance, the weather that had postponed our outdoor cinema trip yesterday was on everyone’s mind. We needn’t have worried though, apart from the occasional gust of wind and a single clap of thunder (that I thought was a sound effect! Doh!), today’s matinรฉe wasn’t hindered at all.

I think overall, it wasn’t my favourite Musical (mainly because I didn’t know many of the tunes) but the sheer professionalism of all concerned – cast, crew and orchestra made it a production worth seeing. ๐Ÿ‘

It was back to ours afterwards to help with the leftovers from last night’s banquet – every little helps! ๐Ÿ˜

โ™ชโ™ช Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening! โ™ชโ™ช

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With both A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody (planned for LunaFlix’s outdoor cinema this weekend at Boughton House) postponed because of the weather forecast, we needed a ‘Plan B’!

That’s the first time that the weather has disrupted this annual event – totally unexpected in AUGUST! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The replacement dates didn’t work for any of us, so, it was all round to ours for a carpet-picnic and to watch A Star is Born courtesy of Sky. With the TV switched to ‘UHD/4K’ and everyone bringing along something yummy to eat and drink – it was the next best thing to actually being there! ๐Ÿ˜

OK, the screen was a bit smaller, but at least it wouldn’t blow away and we’d stay dry!

Between us all – Geoff, Rhonda, Janet, Jo, Carol, Paul, Sue and of course Ann – it was, as you might expect, a “Banquet… and some!”. With two types of Salad, Jacket Potatoes, Spicy Chicken Pieces and a mega-Moussak (helped along with plenty of nibbles) we did it all proud – and that’s before we got to the Dessert!

And one of the benefits of watching the movie at home was at least could pause it, whilst we ourselves paused in preparation for Ann’s Apricot Crumble (with its secret ingredient) and/or some perfect Meringues Nests…

…it was mostly ‘and’! ๐Ÿ˜.

What a feast! It was all super-yummy. I spent so much time eating, I forgot to take any photos! – it all went down a treat and none of us were to return home hungry!

And what of the Movie? Actually, it was very good, and a respectful (slight) re-interpretation of the 1977 version starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (itself a remake of the original 1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March). It was well acted – and very well sung (especially Bradley Cooper who also learned to play the guitar for the part!)

As the evening progressed, the weather didn’t turn out to be quite so biblical as the forecast suggested. I think we had just as much fun inside enjoying each other’s company – and culinary skills – as we would have done ‘out in the open’.

Happy days! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘