Welcome to my first post published on my new PC! I’ve been fiddling about with files on ‘easy transfer’ and have found a few additions to my Fryday photos that I hadn’t noticed….. a photo of Malvolio asking Aguecheek and Belch to stop cavorting and a video clip taken by mistake!! It is only just over a minute long, so blink and you’ll miss it. All these photos were taken with my tiny Nokia mobile…..just a bit of fun 🙂 I also forgot to buy some speakers, so I hope the music soundtrack is OK…..speakers and video cam are expected to arrive in the next few days!
All my anticipation and anxious excitement were centred on this one day…..renamed Fryday. I had been looking forward to this trip since Mr Fry tweeted from New Zealand that he was to play Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre in London. I booked the tickets for DH and I immediately that night and then started to plan a holiday in October around the event. We had been Fryophiles from the late ’80s when we slumped on the settee every evening exhausted from working and bringing up two lively children…..this was our chance to relax and have a laugh 🙂 ‘Fry and Laurie’ and ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ were our favourites. So, seeing Mr Fry ‘live’ in a play and seeing a Shakespeare play performed at the Globe were two of my ‘to do’ list ticked off!
The weather was rather grey and misty which meant that my ‘point & shoot’ camera was taking everything by flash, but I did manage to take a few photos before we had lunch at the Thameside Inn. It was a matinee performance so we had to be in our seats by 2pm. When we arrived the excitement of the crowd was tangible and it seemed to take forever to get to our seats for which we paid £32 each plus £1 each for a cushion (DH hired 2…1 for each cheek :)) and £6 each for a backrest…..the seats are wooden benches as they would have been in Shakespeare’s time and were VERY uncomfortable even with the cushion and backrest! At the interval, I almost envied the ‘groundlings’ as they sat on the floor before having to stand again. A little run up and down the steps and round the yard was called for to bring circulation and feeling back to the nether regions of my anatomy!
The play was MARVELOUS and Mr Fry was so lovely, especially in his Wee Willy Winky nightshirt and later his cross-gartered, yellow stockings. All the actors seemed to enjoy the play and there were several standing ovations at the end of the performance….all in all, the stuff of dreams 🙂
One thing that wouldn’t have been there in Shakespeare’s time was the hearing loop….I wear an aid in each ear and when in crowds, I often have to ‘switch off’ because the effect is too confusing but I could hear the dialogue clearly and could even hear the rustling of Mark Rylance’s dress as he seemingly appeared to float around the stage…EXCELLENT!
I very naughtily took a few photos with my mobile, so I have included them in the slide show….they’re not very clear but still, they evoke WONDERFUL memories 🙂
|Another picture slideshow by Smilebox|
Tuesday was mostly taken up with driving down. We decided to go the scenic route and drove through the Peak District National park on a beautifully fine and sunny day….it was lovely! Eventually we hit Chesterfield and the M1 and used the sat nav to negotiate the London streets….past the Oval and Lords cricket grounds and speakers corner…..I never realised Park Lane was so long!!!!!…..until we arrived at our holiday appartment block in Deptford Bridge. Finished off the day with a meal of Spanish tapas in the onsite restaraunt.
Wednesday was our first full day of holiday, so after buying our Oyster cards, we set off on the DLR to Greenwich. DH can’t go anywhere without a CAMRA publication, so we decided to base our day on one of their ‘London Pub Walks’ fitting in a visit to the Cutty Sark on the way round.
Across the road from the Meridian line was another Greenwich pub on our walk, the Plume of Feathers. This was a lovely, traditional pub and was very friendly.
We were very tired after all this….a good job I took my comfy shoes……so made our way back to the DLR and an evening in.