Outdoor Theatre Take Two

What a difference a couple of days make!  Two days after the Midsummer Night’s Dream performance I was back outside to see Heartbreak Production’s Private Lives.

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We were in another beautiful location but this time we had steady, heavy rain for almost the entire show.  It only really stopped right at the very end – the complete opposite of the last performance.  We were very British though and hunkered down in our waterproofs to enjoy the show.  I also copied the lady in front and kept my umbrella over my knees which worked brilliantly.

 

I had never seen Private Lives before and I didn’t really know the plot either.  Except that a some point somebody would be wearing pyjamas!

I loved the play.  We get so few opportunities to see real, proper plays that I leap at every chance I get and I revel in the intellectual experience.  It was quite intellectual too – Private Lives is not very plot driven but is all about the conversation so you really have to listen.  It was excellent.

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The only things which jarred somewhat were the extra little scenes involving the hotel staff which the company had added in.  I didn’t really understand what they were trying to achieve and I would rather have just had the play.

 

However, I still very much enjoyed myself and, as I said, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to see the play.  The rain didn’t damp our spirits and, although it put us off eating much, our picnic became a lovely after theatre supper when we got home!

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