|My matching hat and bag finally got an outing - do you like?|
|Happy is a big blue suit|
Casablanca, in case you don't know the plot, is set in the middle of wartime, in (you guessed it) Casablanca., where everyone is hoping and waiting to get travel documents allowing them to flee to the safety of the States
|Casablanca residents being searched and their ID cards checked, done in a funny way. (But you could also see how it wouldn't be funny in real life - I did NOT want to bump into that official at all)|
|Heyday Suit jacket worn over a dress, Vintage hat, flouncy scarf|
|Ilsa Lund and Victor Laszlo meet Captain Louis Renault|
The playing out of the film was fun to see, it did though bring home a bit of how it actually was to be living through a war. One of the police forced a man to crawl up and down the steps and the closeness of it was a small shock. It was short and not everyone would have seen it, but I felt I should warn you. I accepted it as part of the drama but I will remember the impact for life - which I am actually grateful for. The surprise and process of registering what was happening made it very real, something I would not have got if it had been played out at a distance on stage or on film. You should also know that I have a "R" rating of about 5 and feel stuff quite deeply. (We have a censored draw of dvd's at home that are not for my entertainment)
According to Wikipedia, the movie itself was made up of a large proportion of European exiles and refugees among the extras, and for them it was quite emotional to be involved. Ironically the German citizens were cast as the Nazis from whom they had fled. That must have been hard.
|The Nazis arrive|
|We liked the Casablanca but not the Sandy Collins|
- You do need cash for the bar and for the food. The food is quite moderately portioned, so best not to go hungry (we were grateful for half a chocolate bar and a bag of nuts left in my bag from the day before!)
- The cocktail bar (either side of the stage) is different from the main bar (the one with purple lights) and does take card (had we known this, we would have saved our cash for food).
- If you are up for dancing, you will be dancing on carpet (not a deal breaker, but some dancers like to know this).
- You do see the film at the end - we weren't too sure so I was glad to have taken my glasses.
- Do take something to barter with when Ugarte comes around offering to find you transit papers. I had a string of beads stuffed down my bra but promptly forgot and was concentrating so much on his accent I didn't get that he wanted money or similar - ha ha!
- If you gamble at the roulette table you can put something else down as collateral - our table companion put his cufflinks down and won a bar of chocolate, AND got his cufflinks back. (Had we realised this earlier I could have put my beads down, hungry as we were!)
- When you book, you get told you have "booked a table" but when you get in there it is a free for all and you just find a place - or so it seemed. We sat in the front of the stage, near the middle stairs (because we knew we would dance) and had a good view of the proceedings.
- A few were not dressed up at all and it didn't seem to matter - but they did look out of place
- It appeared that many people were told to wear a neckerchief and it never came up in the "play" so I'm not sure that matters either.
- Do take your papers though! You need to provide your fingerprint (scribble on your finger and press) and a photo (some people drew theirs).
- It is warm in there, I was glad to have worn a dress (for dancing in) so I could take my jacket off and cool down. It is, after all, Casablanca.
|Moroccan dancers, all female!|
It was an amazing day out - something quite extraordinary different. I look forward to seeing what Future Cinema does next!