Breakaway Theatre's production of The Tempest was an eye opener for me. After my Aunt took me to see a production of Shakespeare's play back in the late 1990s, I had come away wondering exactly what it was I had just seen; it was loud, overly dramatic and hard to follow. By contrast, Lesley Cowland's interpretation of the well-known classic was fun, entertaining and relatable ... in part, due to the space theme, which had more than a few nods to both Star Wars and Star Trek!
Above all, I actually understood what was happening!
Presented in the grounds of the Inn on the Park, St Albans, this was also my first open-air theatre production, which meant very little set design by necessity, proving - to me, at least - that over-indulgent sets really aren't required if you have a strong performance.
Luckily for you, there are still more performances later this week, so you haven't missed out yet! Even if you are one of those people that "doesn't do Shakespeare&…
Isn't it amazing how quickly time flies when you've got a lot on ... or when you have a new MacBook to play with!!!! The Wednesday before Easter, I was checking the account for the delivery dates and noticed that they had suddenly leapt from 29 March to 20 March! Thankfully, working in IT makes it a little easier to work from home when necessary, so a quick email to one of my colleagues* and I was all set for the delivery. As usual, the wait was unbearable: every car or van that went past got me out of my seat and peering out of the flat to see if it was the delivery guy. Finally, at 11am, it arrived ... woohoo!!! I have to confess that I always get nervous when I order something expensive, so I only unpacked the boxes to make sure that everything was there, using the excuse that I was still at work so I shouldn't be playing. I can be far too anal good sometimes! So, with a mixture of excitement, sadness and nerves, I left everything packed up and trotted into work to finis…
It feels oddly comforting to be back, like seeing an old friend who wraps their arms around you and gives you a massive hug...then says, sorry, gotta go, things are a bit chaotic right now!
I've been here properly for a week now and can confirm that things are at least as chaotic as before, with building works going on, unstable timetables and equipment needed for practical sessions not working properly. This is one of those places where you come to expect things not being up to scratch, so rather than just get angry, you roll your eyes and try to find another way.
That said, there is one thing that immediately fixed my Victor Meldrew head firmly into place.