After reading rave reviews of Melbourne's new "Pop-up" free standing custom built replica of one of the greatest theatres in history; The Globe Theatre in London, we knew we had to go.
Pop-up Globe Melbourne
We missed the opening sessions of the Pop-up Globe in Melbourne because we were away, so booked tickets for our family to go on a Friday evening, early October.
I might add the 5:20pm showing of Around the Globe in 60 Minutes at the Pop-up Globe proved to be the perfect time for a family outing. Especially on a bright spring evening as the sun beat down her final rays of the night, just after the daylight savings time change.
Pop-up Globe Melbourne
Other than the reviews we'd read, we didn't really know what to expect from the Pop-Up Globe. Our biggest question would be whether a 3 and 9 year old could sit through a Shakespeare play. They did and both really enjoyed it. We all did.
While Around the Globe in 60 Minutes is not the Shakespeare you'd get from the other performances at "Melbourne's home to Shakespeare"; As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Henry V., this particular performance turned out to be a great choice for our children.
In awe of the Pop-up Globe
Around the Globe in 60 Minutes is more of a history lesson into story behind the second Globe Theatre after the first theatre's demise by fire in 1613. The story references the English Civil War; the bloody battle between Parliamentarians and Royalists, which commenced in 1642.
Around the Globe in 60 Minutes
Despite the harsh history embedded within the play, Around the Globe in 60 Minutes is a funny tale in which we got to meet some hilarious characters, made up of a cast of just five actors who would change personas throughout the performance.
Prominent figures around this time in history were portrayed in a quirky new way. We were introduced to Queen Henrietta Maria of France; the wife of King Charles I and William Davenant; English poet and playwright.
We all laughed so much, our 9 year old the most; he loved it. While the story perhaps went over our youngest son's head, it didn't matter, he still got a lot out of the performance and seemed in awe of the whole set.
The enthusiasm of the actors coupled with the beautiful setting of the Pop-up Globe standing proud on the hill in the newly Christened "Shakespeare's Garden" is a Melbourne marvel.
Enjoy Shakespeare like it's 1614, or in the case of Around the Globe in 60 Minutes; 1643.
If you don't book in to see a show at the Pop-up Globe, quite frankly you're missing out.
General admission tickets are only $20, so what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now.
Where: Adjacent to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
When: 21 September - 12 January 2018