A day of Culture with Phil
Phil and I met at Jazz after dark where Phil kindly did some filming and photos to help promote %7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D]My Show on Tuesdays (most Tuesdays) at the venue.
Then we went to the National Portrait Gallery to see a fascinating exhibition which brings together for the first time the work of French artist #ClaudeCahun and British contemporary artist #GillianWearing. Although they were born almost seventy years apart and came from different backgrounds, remarkable parallels can be drawn between the two artists. Both of them share a fascination with the self-portrait and use the self-image, through the medium of photography, to explore themes around identity and gender, which is often played out through masquerade and performance. We were both blown away by the concepts of the portraits and how their vision was manifested in their pictures. Highly recommended! On till the end of May.
Then off to Pret for a vegan dinner, yum.
Then we went to see Cat (the play) at the Ambassador Theatre which is the tale of 'Dave the Cat', who tells us in his own words how he was sacked from the original production of that famous musical Cats on opening night and has never quite recovered. Gerard McCarthy was brilliant and the only actor in it and held our attention, the play itself is rather niche however and you'd need to be a massive Lloyd Webber fan to really get all the jokes. We spotted Anita Harris and Christopher Biggins in the audience.