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Dear all,

 

I had tickets to a number of ballet shows in the coming weeks, and needless to say a lot of them have understandably been cancelled which has made me very sad. I expect I’m not the only forumite in this boat. We’re also most likely facing an extended period of relative social isolation, with some people already needing to squirrel themselves away in their homes.

 

With that in mind, on the night I would have been seeing Acosta Danza, I’d like to invite you all to join me for:

 

A Night At The Ballet

7.00pm, Saturday 28 March

 

“Er…” I hear you think, “Have you, after barely four days of working from home, already slipped the moorings of sanity?” No*! Fear not! We can all have a lovely night out at the ballet without leaving our front doors!

 

Here’s how it’ll work…

 

Before 7.00pm - Dressing room

 

Everyone gets ready. Get dressed up as you would for the ballet. If that’s a dinner jacket or a chiffon ballgown, great! If it’s more like me, a collared shirt and the least faded black jeans you can find, that’s awesome too. But do make the effort. We’re having a night at the theatre after all.

 

7.00pm - The ‘House Opens’ / A glass of wine in the bar 

 

I’ll start a brand new official thread on here, and the night begins! 

 

Make yourself a nice glass of something and enjoy the fact you don’t have to pay £9 for it. Then hop on the thread and say hello to your fellow virtual theatre-goers! Why not take a selfie of yourselves and post it on the evening’s thread so we can all see who we’re spending the evening with? We can talk about the weather, how much easier it is to park than [insert your usual venue] and how much we’re looking forward to seeing [I’ll come to that in a moment]. As this evening will be to provide some escape from the tricky times we’re facing, the only topic that will be strictly off-limits is anything related to Covid-19. An usher will sternly ush you if you stray into that topic!

 

7.30pm - The show begins

 

Now the house lights are going down (you'll have to operate the light switch yourself, I'm afraid). There’s a reminder to turn off your phone (which you should heed, as well as closing your laptop, shutting down your iPad, etc), along with the inevitable announcement that the principal you specifically aimed to see is being replaced at the last minute. Now the conductor has assumedly walked in because everyone is clapping for no apparent reason and you can’t see the orchestra. You get yourself comfortable in your seat ready to watch… 

 

Wait, what are we watching again?

 

Well, here’s the beauty of it. We can all watch different things! As long as we’re watching ballet, we can pick what we like. Here are some options:

 

 

Whatever you watch, turn down the lights and enjoy! 

 

Then, at a suitable point…

 

8.30pm (ish) - Interval!

 

Time for a quick comfort break, a top up of your glass. Why not share a photo of your interval ice cream? Give yourself a few minutes to hop back on the official thread and share your thoughts on Act 1, perhaps, and see how everyone else is getting on (bearing in mind we’ll likely be back in the bar at different times). Then it's time for...

 

8.50pm (ish) - Act 2! 

 

Enjoy the rest of your performance!

 

9.45pm (ish) - The after show

 

We’ll all meet back ‘in the bar’ to chat about what we’ve just seen, wax lyrical how much we loved/didn’t love it, how nice it is not to have to have to clap for quite that long, queue at the cloakroom or find a taxi in the rain... Then it’s air kisses - mwah! - all round and if it’s a success we start planning the next one!

 

Hope to see you all there. 🙂

 

 

 

* well, maybe a little.

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A lovely idea.  I  am thinking of dusting off a  diamanté tiara I have only worn once for a Murder Mystery party.

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1 minute ago, Odyssey said:

A lovely idea.  I  am thinking of dusting off a  diamanté tiara I have only worn once for a Murder Mystery party.

 

That sounds great, I would love to see a photo if you do! :)

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But am not sure if you can post photos direct to a Forum page 

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A great idea, a few additional features to be added......

 

at 6.58 go out of the front door of your home with a bag....then come back in showing your opened bag to an imaginery person stood just inside. Let us all know if the imaginery person says anything to you.

 

At 7.20 and 7.25 play this video https://youtu.be/hrqIq5hBFSw

 

Give me your address and  I'll hire someone to shout  BRAVO through your letterbox at random times between 7.30 and 8.30, and 8.50 and 9.45

 

At any time after 9.45 I'll sit outside your home and sing 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' and 'When The Saints Come Marching In' through a traffic cone

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1 hour ago, LinMM said:

But am not sure if you can post photos direct to a Forum page 

 

In that case I will figure out a solution. Leave it with me. 🙂

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57 minutes ago, Rob S said:

 I'll hire someone to shout  BRAVO through your letterbox at random times

Will you also send a second person to tut at the first if they don't correctly gender their exclamations? 😄

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1 hour ago, LinMM said:

But am not sure if you can post photos direct to a Forum page 

 

I've just posted the magpie pic direct.  At the bottom of the posting box there is a paperclip which says you can drag files to attach or choose files.  I always "choose files".  Then select a picture from your Photogallery and post.  I think the maximum size is 500Mb or thereabouts so anything off your phone (for example) should be OK. 

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Just now, Jan McNulty said:

 

I've just posted the magpie pic direct.  At the bottom of the posting box there is a paperclip which says you can drag files to attach or choose files.  I always "choose files".  Then select a picture from your Photogallery and post.  I think the maximum size is 500Mb or thereabouts so anything off your phone (for example) should be OK. 

Thanks! I'll post this at the top of the thread on the night. 🙂

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3 minutes ago, Jan McNulty said:

 

 I think the maximum size is 500Mb or thereabouts so anything off your phone (for example) should be OK. 

 

Unless it's just me the limit appears to be 0.15MB

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Great piccie Jan ...but what is the posting box?

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Doh I see the reply to a post box?

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1 minute ago, Rob S said:

 

Unless it's just me the limit appears to be 0.15MB

 

 

Oh I forgot - I get more because I publish the PRs.  Sorry.

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2 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Great piccie Jan ...but what is the posting box?

 

2 minutes ago, LinMM said:

Doh I see the reply to a post box?

 

Yes - you've just used it twice!

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10 minutes ago, BristolBillyBob said:

Will you also send a second person to tut at the first if they don't correctly gender their exclamations? 😄

 

And a sheng player for the intervals?

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Yippee I just managed to post this which I had  saved from my Facebook page as thought was quite funny ....well last week anyway......Which seems about ten years ago!! 

Now I need to work out how to have the piccie and writing on the same page.

Gosh how long have you been able to do this? Don't tell me ...the last five years 😩

I thought you had to send it to Flickr or somewhere similar first so a bit more complicated 

Many thanks for that Jan ....honestly I'm such a slow learner where anything connect to technology is concerned 

I've just downloaded the Zoom App on my phone ....have no idea how it works .....in preparation for a few online ballet classes that are coming.

I can sense you might wanted to have added Dear Liza Dear Liza to your you've just used it twice comment!!

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Rob S said:
34 minutes ago, BristolBillyBob said:

Will you also send a second person to tut at the first if they don't correctly gender their exclamations? 😄

Give me your address and  I'll hire someone to shout  BRAVO through your letterbox at random times between 7.30 and 8.30, and 8.50 and 9.45

 

I haven't laughed so much for some time. ( and it's a great idea)

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Do your writing first and then click the choose files at the bottom.

 

If you want to put the piccie somewhere other than the bottom, when it is in the box at the bottom move your cursor to where you want it posted then move your mouse (or equivalent) back to the pic at the bottom and click on it.

 

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Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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A hint for Zoom: make sure you've actually registered before you try doing anything else - it might take 15 minutes or so.

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BBB2, your original suggestion sounds like fun :)  Maybe even better if quite a few of us could agree to watch the same production, then we can actually discuss it a bit during the interval?

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9 hours ago, alison said:

BBB2, your original suggestion sounds like fun :)  Maybe even better if quite a few of us could agree to watch the same production, then we can actually discuss it a bit during the interval?

Thanks! I had considered that, and I think it would be great. I didn't want to proscribe (?) it in case we couldn't reach a consensus or if people didn't have access to the right service to watch what we decided on, but it would be fab if a few people did want to go for the same thing. I also personally need to consider that my girlfriend is joining me, and she struggles with all the ballroom scenes in the classics. I've suggested to her RB's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland as something a little more accessible, but if a few people decide to go for the same thing I might be able to swing it at our place! :)

 

If this does prove a success, maybe future events could be for specific ballets? We could have a programme of events that people could dip in/out of? Just a thought...

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Good choice- Napoli- I wonder what wine would go with that lovely work?

 

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13 hours ago, BristolBillyBob said:

Will you also send a second person to tut at the first if they don't correctly gender their exclamations? 😄

 

But when actresses are now actors and ballerinas are now dancers, what's wrong with a generic Bravo?

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22 minutes ago, capybara said:

 

But when actresses are now actors and ballerinas are now dancers, what's wrong with a generic Bravo?

Well, quite. It was gentle rib towards such tutters rather than an advocation. :)

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I've decided to go for Northern Ballet's Casanova which is still on Sky Arts if you have Sky Arts or a Now Box with the entertainment package.  Just getting myself in the mood with a mug of rooibos (but may switch to gin in the interval!).

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11 hours ago, Mary said:

Good choice- Napoli- I wonder what wine would go with that lovely work?

 

For white: Greco di Tufo or Falanghia

Red: any Taurasi or Aglianico

For the sweet-toothed Lacrima de Christi del Vesuvio

 

Look for the Feudi di San Gregorio, a very reliable shipper.

 

I always knew those long lazy lunches in Sorrento weren't wasted!

 

Linda

 

 

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