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The Tempest

Posted on: 19.2.2011

It was a Thursday night a few weeks back and my friend and I went to the theatre. For her it was a sudden event as she got my boyfriend’s ticket as he was sick. I had had time to read a little about the plot of the play but she knew very little about it.

The play we saw was Shakespeare’s, The Tempest or Ofviðrið in Icelandic. In a few words the play is about a duke and his daughter who have been stranded on an island where no man lives but one man/creature. The duke is kind of a wizard and has a spirit who helps him make a very bad weather so his brother and other people are lured to the island.

As you may have seen in my earlier posts, I don’t need much to be impressed by theatre. I consider it a gift to be able to enjoy a good show without the need to point out all the negative things about it. This play was no exeption and enjoyed this play. I was a little worried that the text would be to difficult to understand and there would be hard to follow the plot, but I found it easy to follow.

The actors were good and the dancers were a great addition to the cast. The dancers were masqued and as a sat real close to the stage I almost felt like a part of the show when they were dancing. The stage and props looked great and seemed to be very well designed. It had been set up like a castle with a stage in the middle, and sometimes the actors were using metacognition by acting in a play in the play. Finally the costumes were glamourous and beautiful and really added to the whole experience.

This was a very fun night, moderately long play and really fun to watch. I give it four stars and would recommend to adults to seniors, theatre lovers but I wouldn’t advise any group to limit themselves because it really is for almost anyone.

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Due to my new job as a teacher and a trip to Århus in Denmark I haven’t read or blogged as much as I wanted for the last couple of months. But I’m back now:) Recently I finished reading my first book by John Connolly. I think that normally he writes action novels, crime and thrillers but the one that I read was something else. It’s called The book of lost things and I would say that it is a children’s book for adults. By that I mean that it has everything that we loved about books as children but intended for adults and not kids.

The story is about David who is a young boy that goes into a crack of a wall because he hears the voice of his mother but finds himself trapped in another world. He needs to find a way out again and in the process he has to face all sorts of challenges and weird creatures.

The story was written beautifully and it was very fun to read. The descriptions of things, characters, creatures or landscape were detailed and added a lot to the story and made it more real even though it is a pretty wild fantasy. My only critici

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is that there were a few unfinished things in the story, like David’s mental illness that is almost only part of the beginning of the book but isn’t used at all in later chapters. For my part I always need explanation of everything to believe it and I felt that I needed more explanation regarding this world and why David got there. Was this all just a dream or what?

I recommend this book for teenagers and adults that can imagine that “it could happen”, even though it’s pretty out there. I give it 4.5 stars because over all it was wonderful!