Roxby Downs! We are here!
For those of you not from the area, the hotel is lovely. I like the layout; two stories of neat apartment rooms circle around an aptly named “Oasis” garden, complete with swimming pool. Palm fronds and lush green trees, stark in their contrast to the dehydrated eucalypts local to the area, populate the courtyard garden. Smooth rocks cover the garden beds and lead to the pool, bright and blue and refreshing even to look at. Compared to what lies beyond the walls it is indeed an Oasis paradise.
The people here are friendly. Local students work at the local shops. One caring employee helped me select the best brand of sunscreen; something of a necessity, I’m sure, in the days to come.
Shortly we head to the community center for our show. A night time performance now seems so foreign, which is bizarre, as that is the time of performance most actors are used to. It shows how long we have been doing this job for, I guess.
Sunset is pretty. And I’m reminded of those bush setting oil paintings you see in gallery’s selling for hundreds of dollars. What a rip off – the real thing is far more spectacular than any painting can capture.
There’s a stillness an a calmness to the air that I find comforting. It’s real. There’s no games or rat race to stress about keeping up with. Half an hour can drift by as you watch the sky change colour. Suddenly the pace of quintesential “Aussie” films now makes sense.
Below is a photo of us putting the luggage net over our ute tray.
So the team were recently performing in Sunbury, Victoria. On arrival into the town we were informed that it was the home of The Ashes, and that the school grounds that we were performing at were the location of the first match in the series. Well, Edmund was happier than we have ever seen him, being a crazy cricket fan. We just had to get a snapshot of us in front of the giant wickets!
A big shout out to the Year 7 students and teachers at Turramurra High School who let us perform at their annual Shakespeare Day last Friday. At 9am the Students all waited patiently in the hall dressed in full Elizabethan costume, when the doors swung open to reveling trumpet players and the Principal (otherwise known as Queen Elizabeth) who quite grandly introduced us. What an experience, we loved being a part of your day!!! So we kicked off the frivolities and I hear the rest of the day was jam packed with fun events. A big thank you to our Thesius and Hippolyta, you were such good sports. Keep up the good work Turramurra, it was one of our favourite shows yet.