Bard on the Beach

Why sit in a stuffy theatre to watch a Shakespeare play on stage when you can sprawl on a picnic blanket with wine and nibbles, watching the play unfold around you while the waves wash against the beach? These photos are from a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at Balmoral Beach in Sydney.
The audience starts to set up blankets in the early evening.

You can't do Bard on the Beach without a beach! This is part of Balmoral Beach.

You can’t do Bard on the Beach without a beach! This is a partial view of Balmoral Beach.

It’s a small theatre company, so the actors also sell programs and other merchandise, and collect donations at the end.

Ah, but the play’s the thing! (I know, that’s from Hamlet, not The Merry Wives of Windsor, but it fits.)

On stage

On stage

What’s a play without an audience?

Even the moon got in on the act.

Moon at dusk

Moon at night

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Shakespeare in the abstract: 400 years

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

23 April 2016 (the day I posted this) is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. This abstract photo of Sonnet 18 is my own small contribution to marking the man’s genius. Although the opening line is more famous (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”), I think the final two sum up the fate of Shakespeare himself: for as long as people live, he too will live.
This photo is of my rather worn paperback copy of the 1996 edition of “The Nation’s Favourite Poems”, in which Sonnet 18 comes in at number 36.

Sydney GPO clock

du temps perdu

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There are so many sayings and quotations about Time that it was difficult to choose only a few for this post, so I limited it to ones I thought I could illustrate with a photo. (To see the words, hover your mouse over an image.)