Walking the Resnick Walk

Yesterday, August 9th, I spent the day in Nottingham with David Fleeshman, the actor who will play Charlie Resnick in this autumn’s production of Darkness, Darkness at Nottingham Playhouse. Though David is no stranger to Nottingham – nor to the Playhouse – it was interesting for us both to trace some of Charlie’s footsteps around the city centre, even though a number of the places he would visited in the novels, the earlier ones especially, are either no longer there or have changed almost beyond recognition.

Here’s a pictorial record of our day …

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David at the Indoor Market in the Victoria Centre, where, in days (long) gone Resnick would have an espresso at Aldo’s Italian coffee stall before making his purchases from one or other of the two Polish food stalls, one of which, thankfully, remains.

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The sign outside The Peacock, at the foot of the Mansfield Road (and round the corner from the old Central Police Station) commemorates the fact that the pub has featured in the lives and work of both D H Lawrence and that bloke who wrote the Resnick books.

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Next stop, Music Inn on West End Arcade, source of a large proportion of Resnick’s music collection, Monk and Billie Holiday especially. Here’s David with the owner, David Rose.

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It seemed right to end the day at the Playhouse – where we were delighted to bump into another Nottingham writer (and Notts County fan) William Ivory. No time for David and I to get down to Meadow Lane this time, but he’s keen to take a break from rehearsals in September and join me in the stands.

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4 thoughts on “Walking the Resnick Walk

  1. Thank you. Happy memories of my university days.

    Incidentally, your recent post about the music you’re listening to was great. Made me listen again to The Liverpool Scene, and get my Still Loving You vinyl out – the album still stand up really well.

    If I might be so bold, I think you’d enjoy Liz Lochhead’s recent album with saxophonist Steve Kettley andThe Hazey Janes – she was a good friend of the much-missed Michael Marra, and two of his children are the heart of the band. Her poem ‘The Optimistic Sound’ wriiten on Michael’s death always gets to me

    http://www.musicscotland.com/cd/Liz-Lochhead-And-The-Hazy-Janes-With-Steve-Kettley—The-Light-Comes-Back–CD.html

  2. Thanks for the Lochhead tip. I used to know Liz a little when I was organised poetry events for Slow Dancer and she read for us a couple of times. Smashing poet/person.

  3. Can you still get mushy peas with mint sauce at the market in Victoria Centre? I’ve never seen it in any other city …

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