I have reached the stage of desperation where I am reading Act 4 OF THE ORIGINAL TEXT, even though I know what happens in it. Seriously, this is probably my favourite line of the whole thing coming up.
Whilst I’m procrastinating and avoiding doing the work I should be focusing on, I’ll mention that over last weekend I finally managed to watch the Tennant/Tate MAAN. Generally, I quite liked it. I felt the updated setting worked, and the majority of the performances were excellent, but I have a real problem with how they did this last bit of Act 4, Scene 1 that we are *probably* just about to get to in NMTD. For me, they just didn’t quite hit the right tone with it - there was too much gurning, and not enough sincerity. It was a bit ‘emotional whiplash-y’, as they went from serious, to ‘let’s make this funny’ and then back to serious, like they used *that* bit as the comic relief in a scene that, from my point of view, doesn’t have any comedy in it.
Just my thoughts.