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Summer Shakespeare

Well - its supposed to be summer!

sunny 22 °C

We have been awfully cultured of late. I have dragged various friends to Noel Cowards Hayfever and William Shakespeares Midsummer Nights Dream and have enjoyed the thrills of the Comedy of Errors and there is still a month of fun yet!

As a budding member of Bawds Am-Dram soc here in Cambs I have been lucky enough to be in a couple of plays but I haven't made much time to go and see any so I decided it was high time I did. Hayfever had a lot of people I have performed with in it so that seemed like a good choice. Its a typically odd Noel Coward comedy and was performed brilliantly. I was a bit confused as the what the heck was going on at first but it all came together and was very funny. Still odd but very funny.

After that I got the opportunity, through my wonderful cousin Jenny, to see Shakespeares Comedy of Errors at the Rougemont Gardens in Exeter which was (after a slow start) BRILLIANT! The performance was hilarious and the setting was perfect. Its not a play I know so it was intriguing to see it for the first time and try and keep up with all the action but the performers were so convincing and their timing was immaculate (so important in comedy and in Shakesp) that I was completely captivated!

Because it is Summer at the moment (not htat you'd know it from the weather) every town seems to have be having a variety of outdoor performances and Cambridge is no different. For July and August there are 8 different Shakespeare plays being performed in various college gardens. How can you pass up an opportunity like that? Exactly! So this week I took Anton and Mark to A Midsummer Nights Dream in the gardens of Trinity College. Bearing in mind Anton is a total Shakespeare virgin I was hoping the light touch of a comedy would maintain his interest so he would at least come to another one with me. I was on tenterhooks when the play started and it started pretty weakly! ARGH! The tension! Antons face said 'oh my god - what the...?!' - I was very worried that all was lost!

And then, right when I thought I'm going to spend the rest of my days traipsing like a lonely freak to these shows, the action kicked in and the show got really funny! The actors were really good and the director wasn't afraid to have a lot of physical comedy and it was no holds barred. If a bloke was out of line chances are his treasury would feel the sqeeze (if you know what I mean!) and ladies were being smooched or spurned at every turn! Stirling stuff.

The closer - the play within the play - was what really topped it all off though. The rude mechanicals did a superb job and by the time Puck (an attractive leggy blonde - the boys were happy) begged our forgiveness and bade us good night we were wiping tears of laughter off our cheeks and Anton was declaring he'd come to another one! SUCCESS!!

The next one we will see is Taming of the Shrew which Mark and I have both been in so we will watch it with interest! Its one of those comedies that doesn't seem so funny until you add the physical humour so it will be really interesting to see how it all goes.

I'll keep you posted!

Posted by TravelMc 02:17 Archived in United Kingdom

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