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Leura weather was temperamental last week. Thursday damp, rainy and windy. . . not the day for a dress!  Friday was warmer, but rain came and went, the sun peeking out periodically. However, none of this deterred visitors out on the street. Thursday must have been the busiest day of 2010 for the streets and the shops were filled to overflowing. Elizabeth Rosa Fine Stationary -- that beautiful store near the top of The Mall -- was so crowded one would have thought it pre-Christmas shopping. Shoppers lined the street, more than we have seen in our five years here. Felt like Sydney Town Hall shopping.

But back to Shakespeare, Everglades Gardens and Sport for Jove repertory company. You have four more opportunities to see "As You Like It" in Leura's Everglades Garden Theatre> 
(Jan 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 1:30pm). "A Midsummer Night's Dream" also has three more performances (Jan 16, 21 and 23) and "Romeo & Juliet" runs on Jan 14, 15, and 22)  Evening performance begin at 7pm. The gardens are magical. . . bring a picnic,  a blanket (best bring a jumper) and your friends for a wonderful evening in a wonderful setting. Call 1 300 356 268 for details.

It's summer, nights are lovely and in Leura's Everglades Gardens come January 2011, the show will go on!  The annual Leura Shakespeare Festival, following 2010's delightful debut, will be much sought after in January 2011.
We were away last year and missed this wonderful round of theatre. So, we asked Ray Farley, owner of Hits & Myths (music & film) to post his memories of the debut season. We met up with Ray Monday (13/12/2010) and from his enthusiastic response, we know we will attend this year!

From Ray:

Audiences were taken to various locations within the gardens to witness robust performances of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. 'The show must go on' is an old cliche of the theatre but never so true as when one of the cast leapt into the fountain, only to cut his foot on broken glass, then continued - with a bit of a limp - until his next off-stage cue. A quick bandage and he was back, with most in the audience none the wiser.

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, one character, besotted by a love potion, lay down across a stream so that the sweet object of his passion could walk across his body and not wet her feet. He arose dripping, as if that is what every gallant lover would do in such a situation. (Ah, we could only wish!)

Sport for Jove Theatre are a talented troupe performing in a great outdoor venue. All lovers of theatre should book a ticket, pack a picnic and head for the Everglades in January for a truly memorable experience.

Back to the Blog: Doesn't this sound like great fun! Call Everglades Gardens on 02 4784 1938 for details and tickets.