Watching a play in a 17th century way – ‘As You Like It’

Happy Sunday guys! Now that I am back to Melbourne let’s start our weekly video again~πŸ™ƒ

Last Sunday I went to watch a Shakespeare play – yeah it’s a play and it’s in a theatre which is supposed to be a replica of the 1700’s. Video length:

The tickets we bought were both standing tickets. It’s is very affordable ($20/ pp) but is a straight 3 hours standing…. I actually couldn’t believe they will make you stand for that long until halfway through I realised that that’s it.πŸ˜‘ Honestly it was a bit tiring and as it’s open air, it was cold too.😰😰

There was a benefit from standing tickets though. We got very close to the stage and could interact with the actors (and yes there was no actress). The downside of that was sometimes the actors would throw something out and it became a bit scary (and annoying and disgusting depending on what they throw out). But the fun definitely outweighed those panic moments.

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Talking to the girl in the first row.

The play we watched was ‘As You Like It’ because I don’t want to watch sad stories.πŸ––Β Before we went JP was worried that we might not be able to understand the play (OK maybe I was a bit too)… but that concern turned out to be…. unnecessary. They all spoke modern English and actually it’s like a comedy – they made jokes of current topics even. Probably 2h55m out of the 3h everyone was laughing. Some of the audience was invited to the stage too – to play sheep.🐏🐏🐏 Well I am pretty sure that’s a very joyful experience πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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One special thing is that, as mentioned above, all roles were played by male (which was true according to the history of that time). The 2 main female characters were so well played that in the end I don’t feel weird looking at them at all. Funny enough it was a discrimination (female cannot get in stage) but it also showed that there is not so much difference between male and female – by dressing up and males are easily perceived as females.

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There were not much I can say about the story. Unfortunately I haven’t read the original play (which I should!!) so I don’t want to put wrong comments on the alteration either. The play definitely has told the full story and I won’t be surprised if some details have been dropped. I am pretty sure in the original play there was no joke about Richmond Tiger too.😜😝

Some more photos from the play and hope you enjoy the post!

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