Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Snow daze & battling bastards

Snow Daze

The snow has almost completely gone now but in our amateur-weather-predicting defense, it was a rather warm weather system that dumped it on us. The complete lack of wind meant the snow clouds remained parked overhead, dropping snow straight down in a sweet, floaty kind of way.

So, as you do, I went wandering with my camera on Thursday to capture some of the neighbourhood winter wonderland...
 Looking down Strickland St towards the Port Hills

 Snow dandruff on the statue at the Beckenham shops

 A sad, lonely table waits outside the still-closed Good Life cafe

 Frozen snow garlands decorate the clothesline

 Interesting folds created by the slipping & melting snow

 Snowy fog oozes over the open spaces behind CBS Arena before the first night of Riverdance (one of the many things that've been keeping me busy lately!)

On Friday I ventured round to the house to see what progress had been made since the snow dump. The ground conditions underfoot (or under-tyre) are now incredibly boggy - hence the rather deep impressions left by the truck that delivered the roofing material...

When I went round to the house site on Monday, I decided to stay on the outside of the fence because I know just how deep those ruts go underneath the puddles!

Look! We has roof!
It's really starting to look like a house now... walls, roof, window gaps 'n all.

Battling Bastards

Last night was the first time in a while I left the house to go somewhere that wasn't work. I've been looking forward to seeing this again ever since I found out the performer was doing another season of this one-man/multi-character show. 
I'm not going to tell you what it's all about... except to say that it focuses on some particularly colourful characters and acts of bastardry from Shakespeare's King Lear. But it's nothing like any performance of Lear that you've ever seen. It's funny yet thought-provoking, it's interactive and inventive, and IT'S ON NOW AT THE DARKROOM.

The Battle of the Bastards is the best, & probably the shortest, Shakespeare you've never seen. David Ladderman as the bastard (& almost every other part) is simply superb and, if you haven't seen this show before, now's your chance.

For a limited season, The Battle of the Bastards is performing Monday & Tuesday nights (8pm) at The Darkroom on St Asaph Street. Just $5 on the door, and an opportunity to put more in the hat at the end of the show (busker style).

Twisted Shakespeare, Alternative Theatre, Intimate Bastardry... however you describe it, just make sure you don't miss it!

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