"Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre presents several shows in summertime which definitely deserve the wonderful setting of this outdoor venue.To enter this magical world, take a stroll along the Boating Lake in Regent's Park, one of London's nicest parks, while heading to Queen Mary's Gardens, another stupendous gem right in the very heart of Regent's Park. From there, take a dive into the Open Air Theatre Wonderland offering a romantic and cosy atmosphere. A few steps further lead to a semicircle amphitheatre where the very simple stage will undoubtedly surprise you later on.What about the programme? It contains excellent shows performed by highly talented comedians. The 2010 season has just started with an amazing play by Arthur Miller, "The Crucible", about the Salem witchcraft trials which occurred in 1692/1693 and the increasing madness of a whole village filled with suspicion, jealousy and manipulation. It also refers brilliantly to the 1950s'era of McCarthyism, also known as McCarthy Witch Hunt, in the U.S. when anyone linked to or thought to be linked to any communist activities was automatically arrested, prosecuted and even snuffed out with no hard evidence to sustain the potential charges. A. Miller was himself brought before the House of Un-American Activities Committee where he was found guilty of beliefs in communism. No wonder "The Crucible" written in 1953 has a very deep message!Credit: flickr.com
As a huge fan of History and being fond of derision, I have recently found out a new field which definitely meets all my expectations: animated films. My life in London gives me the fantastic opportunity to be introduced to talented and creative artists who sometimes happen to be well-known and I totally understand why. Isn't it fabulous to improve one's knowledge while watching beautiful animated drawings or laugh sarcastically thanks to an audaciously and acutely drawn reality?Yuri Norstein, a Russian animator who terribly suffered from the communist regime at a time when the Soviet Union was trying to stifle creativity, has been working on his latest unfinished animation based on Gogol's book, "The Overcoat", since 1981. His technique is amazing, involving multiple glass panes to give his animations a three-dimensional look. He refuses to use computers to speed up his works and he is called the golden snail for his slow and passionate perfectionism. He is also regarded as the greatest animator in the world. His hand-drawn animations are either inspired by Russian History (Tale of Tales, voted as the "all-time greatest" animation film in Los Angeles in 1984) or by Russian culture and sensibility, which could be seen as gloomy but actually, they are all about hope and desires (Hedgehog in the fog, Heron and Crane).Martin Pickles, a British animator and director, loves to address serious issues or events in an ironic way. "Like me, Only better", for instance, is a hand-drawn animated film about neuroses, Catholicism and Prozac; it is as pertinent as it is entertaining.Fancy a trip to Discovery World?