Other Desert Cities, brilliant play and fab night out at the theatre...

Other Desert Cities, brilliant play and fab night out at the theatre…

Last night I had the joy, the sublime pleasure of going to the theatre to see a brilliant play.

Do you go to the theatre?  You may think I sound like a bit of a pratt, a teeny bit obnoxious talking about going to the theatre, but stay with me.

If you have never been to see a play, it’s well worth considering next time you’re wondering what to do on a night out.

I love live theatre.

Every time I go, I sit there, wondering, why don’t I do this more often?

Living in Western Australia, we are blessed to have the gorgeous State Theatre and the talented Black Swan Theatre company. Last night, as I sat in the darkness waiting for the play to start, I started thinking about what makes watching a play so special.

What is it that sets watching a play apart from watching a movie?

I think it all comes down to engagement. When you watch a play, you are part of the moment. The actors are there, live in front of you, putting their heart and soul into their performance. It’s real, it’s unpredictable, a director can’t call ‘cut’, and  redo the scene until it’s perfect. It is as it is performed in front of you, the audience. Which adds an element of grit, emotion, and an air of  excitement, that is impossible to match with a movie.

Other Desert Cities, the sublime play I saw last night, was everything I love about seeing live theatre. Gritty, gut-wrenching, emotionally engaging, funny and thought-provoking. For those two hours I was lost in the performances, part of the drama unfolding in the Californian home of a dysfunctional yet loving family.

Do you go to the theatre?

Enjoy xx

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