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Jim

06-10-99, 01:45 AM (GMT)
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"AMP: Moth Castle"
 
   AMP: "Moth Castle", Lyceum Sheffield 5.10.99

This unsung cameo, nay jewel, in the repertoire of Adventures in Motion Pictures can now at last be seen by the audience it deserves as the company tours the country. The historical background to this work is obscure, and the programme notes are thin (non-existant, even) so I will attempt to summarise the plot as far as I am able to untangle it.

A wicked sorcerer lives in a huge castle (dominating the backdrop, designed by Lez Brotherstone) and is capable of turning up as a horrible creature I shall refer to as Mutant Insect Man. He appears to have two hench-insects. His main trick is to turn beautiful young girls into moths, who emerge to dance on the lawns in front of the castle. There are five of them, of whom their leader (danced tonight by Philippa Gordon) is evidently a Moth Princess because she is dressed in white and dances on pointe.

Upon the scene appears the local woodcutter (Christopher Marney) bearing large axe and dressed in light green alpine-style beer-drinking britches. He falls in love with the Moth Princess and tries to catch her in his butterfly net. At this point I think she transmogrifies back into a girl for a bit. They dance, and the other moth-girls join in. Upon the scene arrives the horrible Mutant Insect Man who threatens them all. One of the moth-girls proffers the axe back to the woodcutter, strongly suggesting that he should do something with it, but he swoons at the notion. Moth Princess takes the axe and slays the Mutant Insect Man. Woodcutter drags him off and the two hench-insects die in sympathy. The wicked spell is broken end there is the prospect of them all living happily ever after.

This short ballet deserves to be expanded to a full length production. At the moment it is padded out by some divertissment material, involving men with feathered breeches, in order to fill the evening.

Philippa Gordon danced exquisitely on pointe, with soft bourées and graceful turns. Her acting was superb, and her fatal lunge with the axe was worthy of a true princess.

MAN OF THE MATCH: I award this to Philippa Gordon for a breathtaking performance, her port de bras and her courage in the hour of need.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: AMP: Moth Castle Pam 06-10-99 1
  RE: AMP: Moth Castle Ann 06-10-99 2
     RE: AMP: Moth Castle Jim 06-10-99 3
  RE: AMP: Moth Castle alison 08-10-99 4
     RE: AMP: Moth Castle Ann 12-10-99 5
         RE: AMP: Moth Castle Jim 12-10-99 6
             RE: AMP: Moth Castle Ann 12-10-99 7
  RE: AMP: Moth Castle Caz 19-10-99 8
     RE: AMP: Moth Castle Ann 19-10-99 9
         RE: AMP: Moth Castle Caz 20-10-99 10

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Pam

06-10-99, 09:37 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   I think you've really captured the essence of it - though I've only seen it on video. Shame about all the half-naked men in feathered breeches (what am I saying!!!)


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Ann

06-10-99, 06:22 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   I can't believe you've deserted Sylphie. Shame on you! And what of our heroes in feathery trousers. Not a word.....


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Jim

06-10-99, 09:42 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   >I can't believe you've deserted Sylphie.

Deserted? Faces come and go. Just occasionally there is one that remains etched on your heart...

>Shame on you! And what of our heroes in feathery trousers. Not a word.....

I thought that was just the padding to fill out the night...


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alison

08-10-99, 01:02 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   There are five of them,
>of whom their leader (danced
>tonight by Philippa Gordon) is evidently
>a Moth Princess because she is
>dressed in white and dances on
>pointe.

Pleased to see that Philippa has obviously risen above her station since she stopped playing skivvies in the Royal Ballet!


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Ann

12-10-99, 07:39 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   Jim, I have (to reluctantly admit) that you are right. The mini ballet brought a Monday night Newcastle audience into a near state of hysteria! But, having said that, Simon (sprouting sweat all over the place) and Ben (sprouting floods of tears) did their bit and the audience rose to their feet in a standing ovation at the end. This is not to be taken lightly given the usual phlegmatic approach to dance in this part of the world). Daughter thought it was "Great, but can we go again tomorrow, Mum, cos there's too many things going on that I want to see".


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Jim

12-10-99, 08:06 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   >can we go again tomorrow, Mum

Did you?


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Ann

12-10-99, 09:55 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   Well, of course, later in the week.

Apart from that Daughter, not hitherto especially interested in dance(but now keen to encourage friends to see the show) muttering 'wouldn't mind any one of them going home with me'. Oh oh!!


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Caz

19-10-99, 00:13 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   Well... call me a stuffy traditionalist if you like, but I think I'll keep the men in feathered pants any day....


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Ann

19-10-99, 06:29 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   Well, me too of course. But on a slightly sombre note, our local TV station featured an interview with Simon (whom I though did a heroic job but not quite with Adam's lyricism). Simon was sweet and charming, but they then proceeded to humiliate him by showing clips of the Adam/Scott video. Given the history of the brothers, I thought this was cheapskate and insensitive! But then why would TV researchers bother about that....


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Caz

20-10-99, 02:30 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: AMP: Moth Castle"
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   But they don't have any video of Simon I guess...
Now if they had shot some specially for the feature.... I'd most likely be stealing it right now.....


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