Last night I went to the Maynardville production of this Shakespearian Classic. I say “finally” because, I’m ashamed to admit, that this is the first time I have seen the play…..Shock horror Tony, go to the back of the class and lose ten house points !!!
I went with Giovanna, a good friend of mine, at her suggestion as she had studied the classics at University in Venice. I think she thought I needed a little culture, I think we all do from time to time. Man cannot live on Dusty Springfield, Isabel Allende alone !!
We actually started the evening in the far east, at a delightful Thai restaurant close by in Chelsea Village, Erawan. What a stunning place. The decor is superb, very oriental (of couse) but at the same time stylish and very relaxing. Beautifully clad young ladies in traditional Thai dress and enigmatic serene smiles.
The food was superb, beautifully presented, elegantly served and full of flavour. WE WILL RETURN !!!
Now where was I ? oh yes, the Bard…I really enjoyed the play, the scenery the special effects and in particular the lighting created by Malcolm Hurdel. The ‘fairies’ were in and out of the trees and bamboos, loved it !
I, in particular loved the introduction of ‘local characters’ in the giuse of Bottom (a coloured Bokkie) and Helena as an Africaans drama Queen. Maybe the purists amongst you will curse or have a touch of the vapours I don’t know, but I loved it (when in Rome etc.)
Special mentions to ; Anthea Thompson as Titania, Alexander Duncan as a very energetic Puck, Warrwick Grier as Oberon and Stacey Sachs as the long suffering ‘maisie’ Helena.
I think a special thank you to the Director Freda Abrahamse is in order, not an easy task, I’m sure, following the plot but creating a “Cape Town” stamp for it. Loved it, thank you all so much.