Battle of the blanket

It's the way you make the bed

This is something, in my humble opinion, that has got better since this cartoon was drawn – probably in the 1940s.  The duvet, or “continental quilt” as it used to be called by early adopters in the 1970s, reduces the incidence and impact of wayward bed-clothing.  I hasten to add the phenomenon hasn’t been totally eradicated, but here you can see that these two blankets are conspiring to separate, duvet’s don’t do that.  They are also annoyingly covering some bits, leaving extremities to suffer chill.  The bit of blanket around Ab’s head is an additional annoyance.  I imagine it’s a bit itchy.  Any attempt to rectify only exacerbates.   Times were tough.

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A battery of tests

Tests

With the NHS much in the news today, I thought this cartoon would ring some bells.  Dated June 1978, almost exactly 35 years ago.  For those of us who are regular hospital

users this is familiar territory; the battery of tests.  For me, Ab gets a remarkable sense of subtext in this picture.  Although the doctor is blathering on, the tests for him an every day procedure,we focus on Celie and Ab.  They’re clearly anxious.  “So many tests”, I think they’re thinking, “they’re bound to uncover something …”

Our Edinburgh promo

Not a cartoon on this Sunday.  But a slightly tweaked promo for the show in Edinburgh.

Wot? No Fish!! goes to Edfest 2013.

We’re beyond excited about being at Summerhall and the opportunity to share the story more widely.  Lovely venue with other friends performing there.

Other interesting shows by friends and associates at Summerhall (I suggest people make a day of it in our venue):

The Tin Ring by Human Remain, directed by our friend Mike Alfreds who gave much encouragement to Wot? No Fish!! at our dress rehearsal at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

The Way You Tell Them, our friend Rachel Mars’ solo show.  Rachel helped produce the show during its RnD phase, through her work with the Jewish Community Centre for London.

Song Noir from the band Pumajaw, featuring the stunning vocals of our friend Pinkie MacClure.  Danny directed Pinkie in an Edinburgh review in, gulp, 1982.

A battle of the bedroom

I can be as obstinate as you can

The bed is a battle ground.  Lots of couples know the whirlpool of feelings here, when relationship stand-offs get played out in bed.  I feel like this is one of those marriage skirmishes that happens before lights out.  The couple try to sleep but issues are unresolved.  Tensions are magnified as this is their private shared space, their bed, a place normally associated with warmth and intimacy.  Something in their positions and Celie’s cross face leads me to thinking that her’s is the greater determination to punish.  Ab isn’t going to turn round for a cuddle tonight – she’s going to withhold affection, one feels, at least until breakfast.

Celebrating thrift

Get yourself some new guttkas

This cartoon triggered a memory for me of my Mum saving precious moments by mending clothes while I was still wearing them.  And, of course, this cartoon reminds us of the old-fashioned virtue of thrift.  Those brought up in the Depression of the thirties, through the war and in the days of rationing afterwards valued resources and loathed waste.   And thrift was both a necessity and part of the culture for Celie and Ab as children of refugees.

Guttkas is one of my favourite Yiddish words.  It’s not a word that to my ears conjures up elegant, pleated, tailored trousers.  Guttkas to me is an earthy word – these are everyday working trousers.