I have been out a lot recently.
Last week we went to see a live broadcast of Timon of Athens from the National Theatre in the cinema in Cardiff. I think Simon Russell Beale (who plays Timon) is wonderful and when I read the reviews of the play I really wanted to see it, so when I discovered these live broadcasts were available and that there was one in Cardiff I promptly bought tickets. It was wonderful. It is slightly delayed so you are watching it about 15 minutes behind - something to do with how they stream it I suppose. We also had a little film introduction about the play with the director and cast, plus an interview with the director in the interval. The filming was wonderful, the picture quality excellent and the play every bit as fabulous as I had hoped. The NT do these every few months, so I shall be going to see some more next year.
Friday we went to see Music Theatre Wales perform 2 new short operas. One of them was very good, I enjoyed the music and the story, based on a Thomas Hardy short story held together very well, though it suffered from being transposed to the current day. The story centred round a husband and wife who didn't get on but in the Victorian setting they were unable to separate, whereas in a modern setting the wife came across as a brat who stayed with a husband she despised - why? Money? We didn't find out, and that sort of marred it for me because I felt irritated by her.. The other one suffered from a poor plot, poor libretto and less interesting music.
Saturday we changed tack again and went to see the new Bond film which I really liked. B was a bit less enthusiastic, but unlike Quantum of Solace this film has a plot, and humour, and characters. Not as good as Casino Royale perhaps, but I thought it was really good. Well worth going to see.
I felt quite tired after all that!