Rather than the usual Friday night beers, we were invited along to check out Melbourne Shakespeare Company in their latest adaptation work, amongst the gorgeous surrounds of St Kilda Botanical Gardens for something a little different.
As the Melbourne nights are becoming warmer and sunnier, the parks are becoming fuller with people cramming every little last bit of enjoyment into their day and there was a solid turn out to this event.
This summer, the group brings The Tempest to life amongst the garden walls, mixing it up with modern twists like relevant popular music injections as well as small costume and Australiana quirks which allowed them to make this classic tale their own, yet still retain elements that allow you, just for one moment, to imagine you are back in the 17th century watching the same story unfold in front of you (which is what we love so much about Shakespeare).
Many of the key roles were played by women, which also allowed the tale to take a different direction, adding a powerful femininity and twist that again, allowed the crew to make their own mark.
The great part about performances in the Botanical Gardens is you can bring your picnic rug, some wine, cheese and sandwiches, and have a gorgeous cultural experience in the late afternoon Melbourne sun for very little dollar investment.
The weather forecast for next weekend is not too bad at this stage, so if you are looking for an inexpensive evening out after work (tickets are only $30 each) pack your picnic basket, grab the vino and get on this.
Photo credit: Melbourne Shakespeare Company
When: 7pm, 9-11 December 2016
Where: St Kilda Botanical Gardens (enter at cnr of Herbert and Dickens Streets)
More information and tickets: Check out their website.