Celebrating Marilyn in Derby

Attention, Midlanders: two Monroe movies are to be screened at Derby’s QUAD Centre, with The Seven Year Itch set for tomorrow, March 24, at 3 pm; and Bus Stop at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 7. It’s a tie-in with Marilyn, a free exhibition based on photographer Emily Berl’s stunning images of Monroe lookalikes (see here), at the nearby Déda Gallery until April 14 as part of the Format Festival. (The gallery is closed on Sundays, however, so you’ll have to see them on different days.)

Thanks to Lorraine at Marilyn Remembered

‘Blonde’ in Derby

Blonde is a new musical play by Paul Hurt, based on Marilyn’s life (though I have no idea whether it relates to Joyce Carol Oates’s novel of the same name.) It will be staged as a student production at the Derby Theatre in the city’s Eagle Centre.

Blonde is described as featuring ‘cameo appearances from JFK to Arthur Miller and a host of other influential characters who tell the tragic and scandalous story of the original blonde bombshell.’

I hope I’m wrong, but ‘scandalous’ is often just a polite word for sleaze. I’d like to see Marilyn’s life portrayed in a different way than by simply focussing on the men with whom she was romantically linked.