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Mark at the ‘My Night With Reg’ Panel, Donmar Warehouse

idrillia:

On Wednesday, 10th September Mark took place in a Donmar Warehouse panel linked to the revival of Kevin Elliot’s My Night With Reg, which is currently playing and is a revival. The play was originally presented in 1994. The panel consisted of moderator David Benedict of VarietyLisa PowerNeil BartlettMatt Cain and of course Mark. If you don’t know the other names, I strongly recommend you having a google or a click as they have all played and are playing important roles in LGBTQ+ life, especially in arts and activism.

Introduced as one of a panel of ‘Hyphenates’, people who do more than one thing, Mark was announced as actor-writer-director and that that would do as it would take too long to go through all of the hyphens in his CV. What follows are some of Mark’s contributions to the 45 minute event. The conversation was very wide ranging and I was very glad to hear all the contributors’ thoughts. Although presented in isolation here, these comments were made as part of a conversation between five people.  This is my recollection only and should not be used or viewed as a verbatim record.

The first part was led by the moderator, David Benedict.  I have added links or explanations to some of the debates and cultural/UK specific things mentioned that might not be well known elsewhere!

On his first ‘gay theatre’ experience: 
Basil Brush and the Beanstalk and Christopher Biggins in panto was good enough for him, even if it did make him miss the fourth episode of The Brain of Morbius (1976). However, mainly it was first of all with dance in the form of Michael Clark with whom Mark said he was “obsessed” with and saw quite a lot.

Michael Clark is a classically trained ballet dancer who became interested in choreography early on and started his own company in the early 1980s.  Here is an example of his style (with early Sherlock fandom link curiously enough) and here with The Fall.

Mark also claimed a “slightly encyclopedic” knowledge of all the Play for Today plays touching on gay issues. Then he moved to London and saw The Fastest Clock in the Universe in 1992 starring a 19 year old Jude Law and Mark joked that since then he’d “never looked back”.

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notmydate:

Speculations about Mycroft and Mary (calm yourself, this is not a ship).

 I’ve always wondered whether Mycroft knows more about Mary than he’s letting on, and even whether he has Mary on his payroll.

 Recall the conversation in The Empty Hearse between Mycroft and Sherlock about John as Sherlock prepares to return to London. 

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A 'weather eye' is not a casual watch, according to Merriam-Webster it’s a ‘constant and shrewd watchfulness and alertness’.

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Mycroft’s been keeping such a close watch that he even knows where John is dining that night. 

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So either John’s phone is bugged, or he’s being followed, or maybe both. 

John is being watched to ensure his safety. But it’s not enough to know what he’s doing, Mycroft would also want to know who he is associating with.  So his surveillance would include a pretty thorough background check on the woman who has come into John’s life and whom John intends to marry.

After all, Mycroft has a record of quick background checks on persons of interest.

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According to both Sherlock:

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and Magnussen:

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Mary was (or is) an intelligence agent, possibly with the CIA.

Now remember, Mycroft is head of the British secret service, with a strong connection with the CIA:

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We know that Mycroft’s statement that he occupies a ‘minor position’ is a lie, and Sherlock probably speaks essentially the truth, given Mycroft’s subsequent involvement in the Irene Adler affair, “Bond Air”, his clearance status for the top-secret Baskerville station, along with this truth, spoken facetiously, as is his style:

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So perhaps Mycroft not only knows who Mary is, perhaps he even recruited Mary (having been aware of her through his CIA connection) and put her into John’s life to keep an eye on him and keep him safe.  As it happens, John and Mary fell in love (which couldn’t have surprised Mycroft given John’s propensity to hit on any likely woman who crosses his path, Anthea not the least).

And perhaps Mycroft tells Sherlock this after Sherlock ducks out of the hospital, because Sherlock certainly seems to want Mary and John to have their “domestic” and then simply carry on as they were.

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Is it not odd, even for Sherlock, to expect John to easily ‘sort out’ the fact that his lying wife is an ex-assassin who almost killed his best friend.  There’s clearly something else going on here and I’m betting Mycroft is behind it, and Mary has a larger role than has been disclosed.

Of course, I could be completely wrong, but it’s fun to speculate.

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