I tend to buy the books I need to read for university second-hand, because a) I can’t afford to buy everything new and b) I am one of those people who write notes right into the books I work through (sacrilege, I know) and I won’t do that to my precious copies that I already own. Does that make any sense? Probably not.
Anyway, I’m going to take a class on British Literature and Culture this term and amongst other plays and novels I had to buy another copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as I said, I won’t scribble into the one I already own).
There was no photo of the book available when I purchased it, but today the parcel arrived and LOOK!!!
Jemma and Dawn 😍 Made my shitty day a lot better :)
YOOOOO in case anyone missed this (LIKE I DID, HOW), the Globe’s 2016 Midsummer was livestreamed as part of the Shakespeare Lives series and is still around for streaming for a while! This was part of Emma Rice’s first season as artistic director at the Globe, and while I haven’t yet watched it myself, word has it that it’s Wild TM. Check it out!
She remembered him from the veil of cooling mist, hovering low in the graveyard that one day. Her mourning gave her silence but few words were shared to him. More than a year has gone, but she offers a smile finally as they cross paths anew.
He remembered her of
course; the maiden of bronzed skin and golden hair. He had offered
what little expression of comfort he could, at a time of grief
and sorrow dark that even the purest snow could not mask. That he could
see her now, with a smile that beamed with the warmth of a
midsummer’s day. He bowed his head, auburn tresses falling over his
eyes, as he wondered what he had done that had favoured The Twelve to
place her upon his path once more…
walking down by the creek, listening to music, swimming, hugs
polaroid: post a picture that makes you feel good about yourself
taken on my 21st, in Barcelona
dragons: what makes you feel powerful, what breathes life into you?
reading poetry. being by, or in, the ocean. watching people read my work. running down hills. being part of theatre. making people laugh. really great hugs!
klosh: if you could go back to any three eras, what would they be?
this is always really hard, but let’s assume that my immune system can hack it, and my gender isn’t an issue:
they say never meet your heroes, but i want to meet Shakespeare. i want to see Much Ado, or Hamlet, or Midsummer performed for the first time. i want to watch people’s faces when they heard their language being used to tell great stories.
anywhere between the 1850s and the 1880s in Victoria. it was really the foundational period for our state. i want to witness the Eureka Stockade, i want to see them build Melbourne city.
the 1920s in Paris, because i am a cliche.
typewriter: if you had to come up with ten words to describe your life story so far, what would they be?
i honestly cannot figure out how to answer this without being facetious or overly nostalgic??
You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to. Put your MP3 player, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc. on shuffle and list the first 10 songs, then tag 10 people. No skipping!
1. Any Colour You Like - Pink Floyd
2. Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
3. Last Chance On The Stairway - Duran Duran
4. Dead Souls - Joy Division
5. Awaiting On You All - George Harrison
6. Glad - Traffic
7. Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires - Cocteau Twins
8. Watch Me Bleed - Tears For Fears
9. In The End - Rush
10. Do You Hear The Voices That You Left Behind? - John McLaughlin
In second year, we did a narrative unit where we had to have a go at someone else’s story. We had limited choices, but i chose A midsummer night’s dream. I had this lovely idea of a New Orleans version, with Baron Samedi and Mama Brigitte as oberon and titania, a jumped up greaser poltergeist as Puck and relevant sacrificial animals as fairies. Hence the chicken. I did so much research on this, i learned so much about voodooism. So awesome and such a serious practise. These two gods seemed perfect to act as fairy royalty. Again an old piece, maybe two years old? But the ink is still good, I think. Enjoy
Edit, people seem to like this, would anyone be interested in me completing the scene? like i planned out the whole confrontation scene in 2014. Any thoughts?
okay but if you’re ever in london and you have the chance to see a shakespeare play performed at the globe theatre itself DO IT even if you don’t think you’d dig shakespeare
if you need convincing here are a few highlights from when my family and i went to see the official globe theatre production of a midsummer night’s dream:
they cast helena as a guy (helenus), first of all. they took a straight love square between two girls and two guys and made it a love square between a girl and three guys, only one of which was white. both sets of couples get happy endings and it’s fuckin adorable
it was reimagined with an indian setting
puck had a water pistol and kept shooting at the audience
historical accuracy?? who cares everyone’s gonna dress like a modern hipster teenager
bottom and his acting troupe sung bon jovi
oh yeah also the acting troupe were reimagined as globe theatre employees with delusions of acting skills
hermia and helenus sung single ladies by beyonce
innuendos. innuendoes everywhere
oberon walked onstage for the fight between oberon and titania drunk with a half-empty bottle of schweppes
lysander spent a significant length of time in the play wandering around in just boxers and a leather jacket