Just off to see Jools – insanely – take to the stage at the National to spend two and a half hours playing the piano, the cello, the harp and the double bass – all from memory – while also MDing the band and acting as a various characters including a Victorian Schoolgirl. The composer, Benji, who wrote the beautiful score – who he is substituting for – has a beard, so I guess Jools is one step closer to verisimilitude..
update – back from glorious show at the National – Jane Eyre – wonderful night.
There was one inaccuracy in what Jools told me, though – he does indeed play the piano, the cello, the harp and the double bass – all from memory – while also MDing the band and acting as a various characters including a Victorian Schoolgirl – he forgot to mention that he also sings and plays the accordion…
This poem came to mind..
You’re such a strange man..
You’re so lonely and so proud..
Such a strange man..
Living your life under a cloud..
Why do we love you,
Why is each young girl a fan?
Why have you drawn us,
Ever since your tale began?
Why do we long to soothe your pain?
Why do we all want to be Jane?
Won’t you explain?