January opened my theatre year

New Year’s Eve 2013 was very low key. I spent it with my brother and his girlfriend at some friends’ and nicely went to work on the next day.

I didn’t have many plans for 2014 and I didn’t want to waste another year in London without moving forward or out, but before I noticed the year was over. It was a pretty difficult year, which I finished a bit depressed, but after having some rest during Christmas at my parents’ home, I started 2015 with the resolution to be a little positive. Maybe if I look at the highlights of the past year, I’ll be able to see its bright sides?

Last year, I saw twice as many theatre plays as concerts. Only in January I went to see two plays. First, it was Henry V at Noel Coward Theatre with Jude Law. I bought the ticket way in advance. It was cheap, because it was in the balcony, so I could see Jude’s bays on his forehead quite clearly. 😉 I took a sneaky photo before the play started.

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I was putting away the decision of buying a ticket to see Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic with Iain Glen who plays Jorah, Daenerys Targaryen’s right hand in Game of Thrones. But when I left Noel Coward Theatre and having still in mind how much I enjoyed Henry V, I finally bought the ticket. On the next day I found out that Iain Glen stopped playing the main character in Fortune’s Fool, because of his doctor’s advice and someone else took over his role. It was so unfortunate. The other actor wasn’t as good as I would imagine Iain could be. I’ll never know.

The good thing about that evening was, though, that I bought a cheap ticket, because it was a seat behind a pillar. Luckily, almost the whole row was empty, so when the play started, I could move to the centre and see everything very clearly. The stage was huge and they built a great scenography of a house and the garden at the back.
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When the play finished its run, the Old Vic has been transformed. The stage has been lowered and made round with the audience sitting around the stage. Quite a popular trend I’ve noticed in theatres recently with Young Vic and Trafalgar Studios as another examples.

So that was the first small bump at the beginning of my year – I went to see an actor and found out that he wasn’t in the play anymore. My next post will start the story of my trip to Israel, and the beginning wasn’t easy at all.

ten days after

I don’t know if I can keep you interested in my blog after New Zealand and I don’t think my life will be as exciting as it used to be when I was travelling down under. But some of you has asked me if I’m going to keep on blogging and encouraged to do so and since I’m in London and intent to stay here for a while, I think there will be always something to write about.

I’ll also try to upload some photos on my photoblog now I’ve finally caught up with posts here.

It took me a while to get over the jet lag. For the first couple days I was ready to go to bed in the afternoon and was waking up in the middle of the night or early morning. After two days mostly staying in bed, I finally went outside on Wednesday and took a walk to the nearest park. The sun is really tricky here, because when you’re inside, you think it’s nice and warm outside, but when you leave your house, this is when it gets worse.

Nevertheless, it was great to go out, even though I felt a bit dizzy and enjoy English autumn.

On Friday afternoon, I went to the city centre. I saw an exhibition of Edgar Degas at the Royal Academy of Arts and portraits of comedians and actesses at the National Portrait Gallery.

But the main reason why I left home was to see my friends’ from Porirua youngest son performing in a play “Teechers“. He was great and after the show I talked to him and passed him the greetings from his parents. I also met coincidentally some more members of his family. It was lovely to connect with someone from “out-there”, because my memory of New Zealand has already started fading and the feeling that the trip has never happened started to creep in.

Probably that’s why it’s taken me so long to write those posts about the last days in NZ, because I wanted the memories to last as long as possible. But it’s time to move on. In NZ every day was important and different, and now they sometimes blur into one. I need to face reality and look for a job, get into routine and start earning and hopefully saving some money to go back. I’ve done the first step: opened a bank account this week.

Not that I’m not going to enjoy living in London! I already am and really getting into the mood of Christmas, because I can feel the cold. On the way to the theatre, I passed London Christmas Market on the South Bank and wandered around the stalls sipping mulled wine.