Re-dic-ulous!

I didn’t think they could get any cooler… but in ‘Cool Bikes’ they got so cool they threw off the balance of cool in the universe: http://www.watchcartoononline.com/regular-show-season-3-episode-7-cool-bikes

Sagi Musume

A sensational on-stage transformation in Kabuki. The play is Sagi Musume, meaning Heron Maiden. The actor is Bando Tamasaburo, a celebrated onnagata (man specialising in female roles.) In Kabuki it is customary for all female roles to be performed by men, much like the actors of Shakespeare’s time. However, the earliest form of Kabuki, during the Edo period, was in fact performed by an all female cast until it was outlawed for women to appear on the Kabuki stage in 1629.

Museum Depot

Sketches from the London Transport Museum Depot.

We spent the morning being guided round the museum depot.  It was fascinating to be shown a visual history of London Transport through the poster designs.  The depot contains many of the original paintings used for the posters.  One example showed how the artist envisaged the future of London Transport. Some designs were the height of the avant-garde, and we discovered posters by some well know artists, including Man Ray’s pair of posters (sketched in the first picture.)

DONMAR

I just came back from the theatre, my friend is in the play The Recruiting Officer. It was such a treat to go to the Donmar, it’s so tiny and you can sit on three sides of the stage, so your perspective is really involving and far more dynamic. The choreography becomes more apparent and complex, rather than just flat on to the scene. A stronger sense of characters relating to each other in the foreground and background. It made me want to draw acting so much. I must see if I can get to draw the drama students rehearsing at Saint Martins. Anyway, Nancy was brilliant as the cross-dressing Silvia (below) and Mackenzie Crook played an entertaining and crafty Sergeant Kite.