|Nefertiti, Mark Thompson's set for the set of Aida
Mark Thompson, the wonderful set designer for many productions here and overseas including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Noises Off", designed both the set and the costumes for this grand production of "Aida".
|"Nefertiti" apparently means "the beautiful woman has arrived".
|The real Nefertiti courtesy of the Neues Museum.
The name Nefertiti means, "the beautiful woman has arrived". Allowing for a bit of sculptor's licence, I'm sure you'll agree that the name suited her.
|Another view of the beautiful woman
(With thanks again to the Neues Museum, Berlin.)
Among Mark's many great and prize-winning set designs none could have been better than the one he did for Monkey Baa Theatre Company's production of the play, "Emily Eyefinger", coincidentally and just in passing based on the Emily Eyefinger books written by yours truly. I just thought I'd throw that in.
|The third book of the Emily Eyefinger series.
And, even more coincidentally, part of that play took place in the upsidedown pyramid of King Inverticheops in Egypt.
|This is Emily Eyefinger herself, played to perfection for many
performances by the brilliant and talented Dannielle Jackson.
|Emily Eyefinger, her parents and the archaeologist Dr Samantha Deddybones,
trapped in the burial chamber of the pyramid of King Inverticheops.
In one of Craig Smith's illustrations in the book I couldn't help noticing a Nefertiti-like sculpture among the other treasures on the right of the illustration. Could this have been the inspiration for Mark Johnson's "Aida" set? Somehow I doubt it but it's an interesting thought.
Being trapped in tombs reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut's extremely neurotic character, Eliot Rosewater, who yells out during a performance of "Aida" to Aida and Rademes: "Stop singing and you'll live longer! You're using up the oxygen!" Or words to that effect.
Finally, apologies for not having written a blog for over a year and for not answering some excellent comments and suggested corrections from my last two blogs, all that time ago.