(Plus some very Dr Who-esque lighting effects at the Blue Parrot, as seen above.)
And beautiful Moroccan singers.
Spirits were running high. There were even arrests, as the gendarmes caught wind of members of the resistance. Rick stood by, his neutrality unswayed!
As with every Future Cinema production, it was an immersive experience full of performances and little pockets of activity to be discovered around the venue. Upon entering, the man and I were subjected to an interrogation by the gendarmes. He had to go and face a wall, then produce his ID papers, while one man lost his nerve and ran away at a fast lick, with the police chasing after him! After we went inside, as we made out way down a shadowy corridor lined with tropical plants, a shifty man sidled up to us. It was the man above, the leader of the Resistance. He told us to come to the Blue Parrot Cafe after the ‘Sand Dance’. We did, and he gave us a rousing speech, dishing out song sheets for later…
During the next few hours there were clandestine meetups…
Encouragement from Rick to enjoy ourselves…
The initial run of Future Cinema’s Casablanca sold out very quickly so I was really lucky to get to go. But this very lunchtime, not even half an hour ago as I type, they released tickets for the next run. Go and get yourself involved, it was a truly wonderful night.
Unfortunately, the man and I did not manage to secure exit papers, so it looks like I’ll be in Casablanca indefinitely. See You At Rick’s indeed!