Fans of the late, great (atheist) humourist Douglas Adams will need no explanation when I refer to the “Rory Award”, but for the rest of you, I will provide one. The “Rory” is:
a) the Award for the Most Gratuitous Use of the word F–k in a Screenplay
b) the Silver Bail of Peace of the Krikkit Gate
All terribly English – having a lovely poke at the gentility of the English in their love of Cricket and their reluctance to use profanities in polite conversation (as demonstrated by this blog in the fact that I didn’t actually use the F word in the phrase above).
I think if I were to award a Rory, it would have to be for the opening lines of the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, an eminently quotable line if ever there was one.
However, if I were simply awarding an award for the most gratuitous use of any words at all in a review of a play, it would have to go to today’s review of the current production of Romeo and Juliet in this morning’s edition of The Age by Cameron Woodhead (not online). Cop this sentence:
The style of acting is influenced by Meyerhold, particularly his emphasis on the inextricable entwining of physiology and psychology, with emotion heightened by the mystical impact of gesture.
As Manuel would say: Que?
Oh, and before I forget, little known fact #136,390 is that in the American edition of Adam’s “Life, the Universe and Everything”, the Rory Award is for the most gratuitous use of the word “Belgium”.
I say again: Que?