The Wrong Seat and Tenuous Similes: Friday 25th November

Today ‘Route 99’ moved from the rehearsal rooms into to the second stage of Saitama Arts Centre, so that the actors can get used to the space before the performance, which kicks off on December the 6th. I got in early and bagged myself a spot with a prime view of the stage, grateful for the additional padding that was provided by the black cloth that had carefully been draped over the back of the seat. I was just getting settled when I was informed that I was sat in one of the director’s chairs, and so could I please move to one that wasn’t so obviously marked as reserved by a large piece of black fabric…

I read this as a subtle reminder to what could happen to anyone who dares to return his or her rentals after the allotted date.

Also at work today, I was asked to undertake a rather frightening request. At first I thought that I was being relied upon to produce an English language manuscript of  ‘Route 99’, which would have meant no sleep for the next three of four weeks, but thankfully it turns out that I was ‘only’ being asked to provide a synopsis of the play for the international patrons of the theatre. What I should have said was something along the lines of ‘Well I could write you a translation, but it would be about as useful as a chocolate fire guard, and about as relevant to the play as a free press in North Korea’, but sadly I had left my big book of tenuous Japanese similes at home, and so I now have a little over a week to try and work out the metaphorical significance of those damn steam buns!

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About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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