Nobody does it better

Saw the Globe Theatre’s touring production of The Winter’s Tale today in an outdoor matinee in one of the Glasgow University quadrangles.  Blazing sunshine alternated with rain, and brollies went up and down. The cast personfully rendered the piece in spite of the scenery having been demolished by the previous day’s storm.  We were spitting distance from the action and heard every word.  And what words.  From poignant – ‘I’ll queen it no inch farther but milk my ewes and weep’ to pithy ‘It is a bawdy planet’. 

I am frequently moved not only by the drama but by the commitment of actors who for no great wage, give themselves wholly to the performance.  You can’t fake it when you’re so close to your audience.  That troupe would go on to give an evening show.  I hope the weather wasn’t too unkind.

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