I half expected to see a hunchbacked
assistant called Igor mixing a frothing beaker or pulling a few levers behind the bar instead of pulling pints and serving cocktails.
If I stand on a crowded train, I'm hunchbacked
. On buses, ladies and the elderly ask me not to stand up for them - they're nervous I'll take up even more space.
Shakespeare grippingly immortalised Richard III, a hunchbacked
king betrayed, unhorsed and surrounded by enemies and finally calling out one of the Bard's best known lines: "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse."
villain Richard III is the subject of the second community-led strand, in which 100 performers from 25 theatre companies and community groups will battle it out in the Come And Have A Go If You Think You're Bard Enough competition.
As for Hugo's libretto, it varies from his novel in several aspects, none more surprising than the diminished role of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked
bell-ringer of Notre Dame.
After Tom Watkins reminded us what fighting looks like as he pasted hunchbacked
forward Kevin Bergin (who was distinctly rubbish thereafter), KC Timmons got thrown out for reasons no-one is clear about.
She doesn't understand his distressed reaction until Rolfe--a slightly hunchbacked
dwarf with thick glasses who's a journalist and walks with a cane--shows up unannounced.
In front of her, a couple of rakes make free with two young market girls as they tumble out of Tom King's notorious coffee house, while behind the old lady, an undersized, ignored, hunchbacked
serving boy carries, ironically, her bible.
Her doctor told her either she could stay racked by pain and "hunchbacked
" for ever or she could have a delicate operation in which a surgeon would insert a 12in metal rod to straighten her back.
Three cubits [4ft6in!] high, hunchbacked
with a long face, long nose, and meeting eyebrows, so they who see him might be affrighted, with scanty hair with a parting in the middle of his head, after the manner of the Nazarites, and with an undeveloped beard."
She also had to learn to walk again after being bed-bound for weeks and the strain of her injuries left her hunchbacked
IGOR (voiced by John Cusack) harks from a long line of hunchbacked
servants who must do the bidding of crazed inventors in the land of Malaria.