Yesterday we went with some friends to see Hamlet in the open air at St Donats Castle. The production was the Globe touring company(more info here). We got there early and had a picnic supper for which Chris had done smoked salmon salad sandwiches, chicken and salad, and I had done fresh scones, clotted cream and strawberries. It was really lovely. We were so lucky with the weather because it was mild, actually quite warm and (trumpet blast here) dry!!
It was set on the top lawn with the castle behind (Bradenstoke Hall and Lady Anne tower for those who know the place) on a very basic stage which must have been similar to those used by Shakespeare's players when touring outside London during times of plague.
The production was very straightforward as you would expect with an open air play - there are few opportunities for great subtlety when trying to pitch your voice to the back of a very large lawn. There were about 8 actors and the doubling was very well done with changes of coat and hat making a more than reasonable difference. We were sitting quite a distance away but I could hear everything well, though Chris has a bit of a hearing problem so she couldn't hear much.
We had all taken added layers of clothing so added jumper, then coat, then blankets as the evening got chillier, and gradually darker. By the end of the play the bats had replaced the swallows eating the midges and you could hear an owl in the forest, and the sea from down the hill which made it really quite magical.
Earlier in the day we had gone to the Flower Festival in St Illtyd's Church which was, as usual , lovely. That was after a walk down to the beach