3 8 9 JULY 2020
1 Go to a drive-in cinema
Although streaming services
mean there have been lots of
good films to watch while we’ve been
at home, some movies just aren’t the
same on the television. This summer,
the drive-in cinema looks like being
the place to go, with venues across
the country announcing outdoor
screening nights created with social
distancing in mind. Cars will be
required to park two metres apart
and tickets will be scanned through
closed windows, or checked by
numberplate recognition. But, don’t
worry, there will be snacks – you
will be able to order through an app
and get your hot dogs and popcorn
delivered to your vehicle. Find
out more by visiting atthedrive.
in or lunadriveincinema.com.
Alternatively, check out the local
2 Make yourself a mask
Now that we’re allowed to
go out and about more, there
will be places where a face mask
is required, or where you might
feel more comfortable wearing
one. Unless you choose to use the
disposable options, these masks will
need to be washed each time, so it’s
useful to have two or three to hand.
If you’d like to save money by making
your own, John Lewis & Partners,
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Enjoy a drive-in movie, or birdsong over
breakfast as part of Fran Quinn’s round-up of
events and activities – indoors and out
tainted love Alix Dunmore plays the long-suffering Jane Clegg
JANE CLEGG FINBOROUGH THEATRE
London’s Finborough Theatre, above an Earl’s Court pub, is a veteran of
the English fringe. It has a record of reviving forgotten plays such as this
1913 effort by an Irish playwright, St John Ervine. Until the 1940s it was
frequently staged, but it then fell out of usage until last year. A recording
of that Finborough production is now available free until 5 August.
Jane Clegg, a long-suffering housewife, has inherited £700 (about
£81,000 in today’s money) from her uncle. She intends to keep this for
her children, but that plan is imperilled by her gambling, philandering
husband Henry. He has embezzled £140 (£16,000 today) from his company,
and unless it is paid back immediately, he will be reported. Henry has also
run up a £25 debt with a dapper little bookie, Mr Munce (a good turn by
Matthew Sim). Ervine’s play, written at a time of the suffragettes, gives
voice to the plight of women trapped in loveless marriages. Some of the
language is a little old-fashioned – ‘rotter’, ‘blighter’, etc – but the story is,
all too regrettably, a timeless one.
The action takes place in the living/dining room of the Clegg household.
It is tidy, wallpapered, modestly sized – and clearly a prison for the dutiful
Jane (Alix Dunmore). She spends her days with her interfering mother-inlaw
(Victoria Lennox), whose instinct is to defend her feckless son (Brian
Martin). As the story unfolds over 80 minutes you find yourself wanting
to shout at Jane ‘don’t give that useless husband any of your money!’ The
dishonest Henry wheedles that ‘it don’t do a chap much good to live with
a woman who’s his superior’. This draws a laugh from today’s Finborough
audience, but it might have been accepted more at face value in 1913.
The sound levels on this recording are not quite what they might be, but
the drama still grabs. Available via officiallondontheatre.com.
THE DEEP BLUE SEA NATIONAL THEATRE
More domestic turmoil is found in Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea,
starring Helen McCrory as an estranged wife in the early 1950s. Having left
her high-court judge husband, Hester Collyer has taken up with a younger
man, a troubled former RAF pilot. The play opens with Hester having
tried to gas herself in her dingy flat. Strong cast, good set and plenty of
crumbling emotional restraint. Available free from the National’s website
until 16 July.
Filmed four years ago at the Richard Rogers theatre in New York, here
is the original cast of the hit rap musical about Alexander Hamilton, one
of the founders of the United States. Confession: when I saw the show in
London, I was not entirely blown away, but my teenage daughter loved it.
This recording has the musical’s composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, in the
title role and the production quality is luscious. Subscriptions to Disney+
can be had for £5.99 a month.