Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shakespeare in the Vines.

I have to admit a wee fondness for The Bard. I think his words have transcended time and resonate with meaning - even today. It probably stems from the fact that he wrote plays that dealt with universal human conflicts, love, joy and sorrow. Now, Romeo and Juliet is not my favourite play - sometimes Juliet just seems so utterly pathetic that I can't get my 70's- child brain around her carrying on. Last night though we went to see  Essential Theatre  perform said play and I loved it! I was weeping at the end - ok so there had been some Champagne Cocktails involved, but I was truly moved.

Whilst the audience got settled on their picnic rugs and dug their wine and goodies out of the eskie we were entertained by a local songstress. A cool breeze drifted across the natural amphitheatre giving some welcome relief from the heat of the day.

"Her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light."

The grounds of the Seppeltsfield Winery are a great setting, with large trees providing shade - and the odd flock of Sulphur Crested Cockies that the actors have to compete with!

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose 
By any other name would smell as sweet"

Just look at that sun filtering through the vineyards that lay beyond the trees - Heaven!

"O true apothecary!
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."

And as dusk falls,the play finishes,the actors bow and I felt replete - with food and wine and wonderful words.

"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, 
That I shall say good night till it be morrow"

1 comment:

Rustic Tarts said...

Oh that is so wonderful I would have loved being there too!! Thanks for sharing it with us.