Favourites? No, not really

From my small selection yesterday, each carefully researched and selected, we achieved the following results. Apologies. Too many of them were perhaps affected by the heat. 14:50 Sandown Space Walk 3rd 11/8 – 16:15 Yarmouth Tone The Barone 2nd 11/8 – 19:05 Newbury Incredulous 2nd 5/2 – 19:55 Doncaster Lucky Number 3rd 15/8 – 20:10 Newbury Gambon 5th 5/1.

Perhaps in the future, we shouldn’t use the word Favourites – perhaps we could use Disappointments. Commentators could say, “Space Walk is the 11/8 Previous Disappointment and may once again prove to be a Disappointment.”

The play Pericles was fascinating and delivered at breakneck speed, by an enthusiastic cast. However, the ensemble of some nine actors each had to play several roles, and to help the audience, many of them decided to highlight their character’s difference by adopting a strange and foreign accent, This became quite mesmerising, and confusing, as one was still getting over the appearance of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, when who should arrive but the spawn of Kenneth Williams and Julian Clary, with just a hint of Fenella Fielding. One was already confused by where Pericles had arrived; it could have been Tarsus, Ephesus or Aleppo, and whether the busty blonde was now apparently the daughter rather than the wife of the chap who had previously been a loyal courtier but was now a Brothel’s doorman. As an aside that actor, in one incarnation, sounded like Jack Nicholson in Prizzi’s honour,

Never mind and I am truly not carping. It was well done and sitting in the quadrangle of The Bodleian on a scalding summer’s evening watching Shakespeare done as it was seen in the 17th and 18th centuries, is hard to beat. However, I am also now entirely ready to believe that Shakespeare is only responsible for the 827 lines after scene 9, that follows the story of Pericles and Marina. The first two acts of 835 lines detailing the many voyages of Pericles written by a collaborator, likely to be a chap called George Wilkins. Well done, The Globe travelling troupe.

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