Tonight was the third Shakespeare production for the ACM program, and we were all really excited because apparently the play had puppets – puppets from the same South African company that made the puppets of War Horse.
We had arrived a bit early for the theatrical production, but I felt that the prices inside the Fool Hall were a bit too expensive so a few of us decided to wander around and try to find cheap food. We found Food-Hut, where I ordered some chips (aka fries). Apparently you have to pay for condiments in a small separate container, so I just poured ketchup on one corner.
After slowly walking back to the theatre (I nearly dropped my food because the wind blew the styrofoam toward me), I was still a bit hungry so I gave in and bought a chocolate cupcake and tea at the Food Hall. I’m glad I did because I really needed that tea, and the chocolate cupcake was DELICIOUS – it even had chocolate chunks!
The theatre was divided up awkwardly so we ended up sitting in groups of four, spread out throughout the aisles. The stage setup was really interesting, especially because it reminded me of a junkyard when I first saw it. One thing that confused me during the play was the double-casting of Theseus/Oberon and Hippolyta/Titania: The faerie rulers wore masks, but during scenes with Bottom ‘Titania’ did not wear her mask.
The play itself was a bit disappointing, though some scenes were definitely (to quote someone in the audience) “12 year-old schoolboy funny”. I wish they had made better use of the puppet company though, since the props they used were not that inspiring.