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JUNE 26th, 2014 Writing 101, Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rocking

Today is a free writing day. Write at least four-hundred words, and once you start typing, don’t stop. No self-editing, no trash-talking, and no second guessing: just go. Bonus points if you tackle an idea you’ve been playing with but think is too silly to post about.


Freely written by  John Yeo

The open-air theatre was a real treat for me in the Summer months in either, Holland Park in Kensington, London, or Regents Park in central London. There is nothing like settling down in the open air, (with an umbrella to hand), to enjoy a cultural show on a balmy Summer evening. With the flowers and the trees surrounding the stage, birds flying overhead and a packed auditorium, the magic would begin.

I have enjoyed wonderful performances of some very popular  well known Operas in Holland Park. The spectacle of the costumes, the singing, and the acting out of the well known stories. Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, many beautiful Operas composed by some very talented composers. The cast of many extras to act out the operatic story made for a wonderful spectacle and each live performance was unique. Outside in the audience, when a slight shower of rain arrives, it is a spectacle in itself to see hundreds of umbrellas go up, many in gaily coloured material advertising some illustrious successful companies or banks. Meanwhile the show always went on as the stage was usually roofed with a canvas roof and the performers were dry and able to carry on. I would love to hear the very well known operatic arias, sometimes interrupted by some noisy rooks or crows in the surrounding trees. One memorable evening, I remember a splodge from a bird flying overhead that landed on the bald head of the man sitting in front of me. The curses were disgraceful and irreverent. Some families would bring picnics and wine and enjoy a wonderful meal with the Opera in full swing. A wonderful example of true British idiosyncratic behaviour, eat al-fresco and enjoy wonderful culture at the same time. Insects and midges could be a problem, flying around in the evening twilight, although no notice would be taken by the enthralled audience.

Regents Park in central London is also very beautiful on a Summers evening, the open air theatre there would stage a season of Shakespeare’s plays. The actors who played their parts in the period costumes would make these shows, bringing Shakespeare’s characters to unique life, as played and interpreted by the individual actor. The very familiar tragic plays including “Romeo and Juliet” brought gloriously to life by these very well-versed and competent actors. Watching the cast perform their roles in the period costumes and listening to the magical poetic words. The setting in the park, with the Summer flowers and the well-lit stage would send a shiver of excitement down my spine, as the performance began and ended.

Another treat  would be the opportunity for people-watching in general. I talked to one young lady who attends every single evening performance in Holland Park, from day one to the finale of the final day. A true Opera fan indeed.

Copyright (c) ~ Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved


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