Shall I compare thee to a summer´s day…

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shakespeare_3_1I remember back in december my friend Sophie texted me super excited to tell me about that upcoming play and I was just like `boh, it´s gonna be in summer´ But now it´s summer! The play is based on the film from 1998 and it´s just marvelous! Keeping in mind that the actual playwright Tom Stoppard wrote the book for the film, it definitely explains how well the lines work on stage.

Although the actors were brilliant, no doubt (Tom Bateman and Lucyshakespeare_2Briggs-Owen as Will and Viola) in my opinion the production is very much carried by the stage, light and costume design. These three aspects engage completely and create a very impressive illusion of Elizabethan London on stage.

The stage design itself is a masterpiece. It looks very simple, but within seconds the scenery transforms from Will giving last instructions to his actors back stage into Queen Elisabeth awaiting a comedy in the auditorium of the Globe.
Staying true to the time period of the 15th century pipes, flutes, violins and drums provide the soundtrack for the shakespeare_1play and take the audience event further into that perfectly created picture of Tudor times and court intrigues.
And finally the costumes completed the picture. Not allowing a single modern item on stage the designer Nick Ormerod went fully into opulent gowns, corsets, breeches, tights and ruffs. Just beautiful!DSCN1866

Ok, I´ll stop here, but I hope you get my point: I liked it! For me it was just a perfect theatre experience. All coming together very nicely and giving the audience a brilliant evening.

 

 
After the show we’ve been soaring home on the wings of poetry and love. – Just to find that my computer broke and my hard drive crashed. o.O

But Oh! I forgot to mention, in the play there was a bit with a dog. 🙂

XX, Angie

 

In case you are interested:

http://shakespeareinlove.com

 

it will all end well – but how? – it´s a miracle!

Hollaroh everybody!

After working a lot on our current project, Gonzo and me decided that it was time to go out and do stuff rather that sitting in front of the computer all the time and biting each other´s head off over creative decisions.
London – as ever, but I feel particularly now in the summer months – is full of events, exhibitions and places to go. And as the weather is finally nice and I´m full of drive to see it all, there are actually quite a few things we want to do before we leave to Italy next week, so last Tuesday we’ve started ticking things off our list.

First we went to see the Comics Unmasked exhibition at the British Library.

comics_IIGonzo is really into comics and I find it very cute to watch how excited he gets when he talks about artists, writers and story lines. I myself never really read comics, apart from Asterix & Obelix and Lucy Luke. But when Gonzo talks about the development of the stories, the background and context, space and time development and the whole comic universe it actually starts making sense to me.
The exhibition was decided into six different aspects of comics and graphic novels:

Mischief and Mayhem
To See Ourselves Politics: Power to the People
Let´s Talk About Sex
Hero with a Thousand Faces
Breakdowns: The Outer Limits of Comics

The fist two sections showed the development and history of the comics as a form of entertainment as well as an art, whereas towards the end, mainly in the last two sections, the merge of comics into a multimedia society and their transcendence of physical boundaries was displayed with the help of various video and audio projections.
The exhibition explores in a very interesting way the transition from comics being cheap means of entertainment to being strong weapons is the fight for justice. The topics of gender, class, sex and politics are very well discussed.
The exhibition design is very sleek, yet colorful. The rooms are dimly lit, drawing attention to the exhibited books, drafts, paintings and comic strips and in several corner mannequins wearing V for Vendetta masks are gathered giving you and uneasy feeling of being watched.

We’ve spent way more than the estimated 90 minutes in there and I have to say that for me it was super interesting! As I said before, I´m not much of a comic fan, but what I’ve known before from Gonzo has awakened my interest and the exhibition has definitely deepened it.

Anyway, we had to hurry a little, in order to be on time for our evening entertainment. We went to the Nöel Coward Theatre to see Shakespeare in Love!

[…to be continued…]

🙂

que pecha calor hace!

According to the newspapers today’s the hottest day of the year here in London.

As people apparently don’t fancy burgers when it’s super-hot outside, my shift got cancelled and I had a whole day off to enjoy the sunshine and heat. *yay* I felt strangely inspired to buy a new bikini and so I set out for a jolly shopping spree at oxford street. I admit that it might not have been the perfect conditions to do so, as I understand now what Joe Cocker meant, when he sang

Been down, isn’t it a pity?
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city.
All around people looking half-dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head.

well… lesson learnt.

In order to escape complete meltdown I saved myself into the shadows of Soho Square Park where I met up with Gonzo and we went for ice cream. :3 real ice cream. Or at least not vanilla soft ice with a flake. Duh! Oh, I just can’t wait to have proper gelato back in Italy!

In anticipation for a summer storm the sky was turning amber at sunset and for a moment it seemed that anything was showered in pure golden light. Beautiful.
I almost forgot how lovely, sticky sweet summer can be, but today another London-cliché got busted, very successfully indeed!

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But now excuse us please; we’ve got an editing project to finish.
And we’re still waiting for that thunderstorm to cool the air a little at least. 🙂

XX, Angie

Editing class with Maria

Tha-daaa, I proudly present to you the outcome of yesterday’s editing class with Maria:

The lovely girl spent the whole afternoon next to me patiently explaining and showing me Adobe Premiere Pro. We’ve had so much fun shooting and editing and actually the thing turned out surprisingly well! The most important thing I’ve learned that day (but actually I knew already): the number one secret to a good edit is… chocolate! 🙂
Thank you, Maria!

Enjoy guys!
XX, Angie