“As You Like It” at the World’s First Pop-up Globe (NZ)
Leading up to the date, I was expecting a great show while really not knowing what to expect. It was great. Me and Renée enjoyed it, and myself more-so noticing her little idiosyncrasies every time the actors came within vicinity of kissing each other (hehe her smile kills me). The entire cast for this particular play was comprised of men only, which made for some rambunctious sexualised comedy.
Shakespeare was a master of his craft, and experiencing that genius translated live among a crowded audience and with a friend no less was memorable to say the least.
Here are some quotes from the play which are quite profound beyond their intended comedic context:
My affection hath an unknown
bottom, like the bay of
Portugal Plenty (this line was changed to describe a NZ coastline, and was a cleaver play on words in itself—plenty.
— Rosalind confides to Celia that her love for Orlando feels limitless.
We that are true lovers run into strange
capers; but as all is mortal in nature, so is all nature
in love mortal in folly.
— Touchstone is relating some of the follies he has committed in the name of love and concludes that love itself dictates mortal folly—silly acts which are bound to fail.
Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
Where none will sweat but for promotion
— Orlando praises Adam as representative of the good old days, as contrasted with the present, when no one does anything except for reward or promotion.
If thou remember’st not the slightest folly
That ever love did make thee run into,
Thou hast not loved
— Silvius, the young shepherd, is advising an older shepherd in the ways of love. Silvius, full of the overweening assurance of youth, declares that if the older shepherd cannot remember every time he made a fool of himself for love, then he has not experienced true love.
If ladies be but young and fair,
They have the gift to know it
— One of the gems of wisdom that Jaques takes away from Touchstone is that if ladies are young and attractive, they know it.
Pop-up Globe, an open-air amphitheatre, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, popped up for the first time in Auckland in February 2016 with a twice-extended debut season that sold over 100,000 tickets including 20,000 to school students.
For showings info and tickets visit, http://www.popupglobe.co.nz/tours I highly recommend “Much Ado About Nothing.” My personal favourite so far. And by recommend I mean see first, because you’re going to want to see all of them.