A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

Another Enchanting Afternoon at the Globe

I simply do not have the right words to describe the amazing adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream… I can try with: Magnificent… Phenomenal… Fabulous acting… Most entertaining… Splendid set… Outstanding artistic creation… but I believe these words wouldn’t do this play justice; especially the part played by Puck (Katy Owen), which was truly superb… from the actor’s voice, to her endless energy, right down to her mannerisms.

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The Globe (pre) Performance

I have read many reviews, both good (entertaining as hell) and bad (the Globe should produce plays in as authentic an atmosphere as possible). Many even describe what they think William himself would have thought of such adaptations. Who’s to know really? I don’t believe this is the point.

What we are doing as a western civilization, in my opinion, is keeping the Shakespearean spirit alive. We rerun old plays, create new ones, adapt some to our changing society, and in so doing, we do not let our fervent artistic spirit perish. Another question could be, what’s considered authentic? It seems that Shakespeare’s plays were very modern for the times, pushing the boundaries of acceptability and lewdness. So adapting his plays to the modern era, could it not be considered authentic to the essence of what was William Shakespeare?

Moving on to other English sights… Yesterday, we visited Windsor Castle. I could say it was beautiful, very well preserved, a nice historical walk through time, a cozy city, and so much more. IMG_0267

And well, it would all be true, but to be honest, it was on the blah side for me. We walked around, went through the self-guided walk and stopped in St. George’s Chapel, where Henry the VIII is buried (ok, I have to admit, I liked this part… being an avid fan of the Tudors… no spoiling please, I’m only in season 3!). We walked briefly through the town, stopped at a pub, then for ice cream and came back to our Russell Square apartment.

It was another beautiful sunny day spent walking outside, but we wanted to cap it with something a little more amusing, so we went to a cinema!

It’s always so much fun going to see a movie in a different city. This time, it was at the Curzon, a chain which features foreign films in a living room-esque atmosphere. Have a look at this pic below. We were seated in reclining armchairs, 6 chair-wide, six rows deep. And, of course, we could purchase any type of liquor or snacks. Here we are with beer and a ‘large’ sweet and salty popcorn. Great way to cap off the day!

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Always happy to see a movie!

 

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