Alex At The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

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When my friend Jude had some free holiday time, she asked me for some ideas for something to do.

I looked in the local paper and I saw that a play of Journeys End was on at the Electric Theatre. I suggested this play to Jude, as she wrote as GCSE textbook about the story. We were going to see that play, but there were sadly no seats left.

Jude's published textbook about Journey's End

There was another play advertised in the paper called Alex, which was on at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. It sounded very interesting and different, as it mixed an actor called Robert Bathurst together on stage with cartoon animation.

Alex starring Robert Bathurst

The Alex play was based on a popular cartoon strip of the same name in the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Alex is a businessman yuppie sort of character.

Alex as how he appears in the Daily Telegraph

Jude purchased two theatre tickets for the Saturday showing of Alex for us both.

I told a girl at work about the play, and she decided to come along with her boyfriend, as he likes reading the cartoon strip in the newspaper.

Saturday evening arrived, and I met Jude in Guildford by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre entrance.

We had a drink in the bar, then the girl from work arrived with her boyfriend, and sat at our table, and we chatted to them. We decided to meet up after the performance to go to the nearest pub.

Jude and I then sat together in the theatre to watch the Alex play.

It was very clever that just one actor Robert Bathurst spoke all the lines of himself as Alex, and of all the different cartoon characters projected on the screens behind him.

Robert Bathurst the solo actor, also interacted with the cartoon characters and animated set on stage, to make it look like he was doing things like holding his wife’s hand, or walk up steps.

The cartoon characters like the Northern Mr Hardcastle were very funny too. Mr Hardcastle reminded me of a few people I have worked with in the past!

Mr Hardcastle

The jokes and story was aimed mainly at office and business people, but it was still very funny to watch.

We both really enjoyed seeing the play, as it was very good and worth seeing.

The audience loved it too, and gave a long applause.

Alex receiving a positive reaction from the theatre crowd

Alex Live on Stage

After the show had ended, we met the girl I know from work, and her boyfriend in the theatre foyer.

From there we all walked to the White House pub for a few drinks and a chat.

The White House pub

I saw Lesley Spiers sitting at a nearby table. I know Lesley, as she is one of Frog and Julia’s friends. I chatted to her for a bit. She used to sing in a band together with Frog called Solace. I have included a video of her singing below.

Lesley singing the song 'Dawn Breaks' with her band Solace

When we had finished drinking, Jude and I then left the girl from work with her boyfriend together in the White House pub.

Jude drove back to where she lives in her car, and I returned home in my own car.

It was a great evening out.

Comments on Alex At The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Posted by Robert | 17 November, 2008 4:34 PM | | Robert's profile | | Permalink

Glad you enjoyed the play. It took us bloody ages to get those animations right!

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Posted by Barry | 17 November, 2008 6:20 PM | | Barry's profile | | Permalink

Hi Robert. Thank you for the comment. We all really enjoyed the show and animations, it was great and very clever. I'd love to see more simular shows like that. Barry

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