Hello everyone and welcome back to Friday’s Choice. I hope you all had a good week.
Today’s Friday’s Choice is a little bit different as I’m not discussing a piece but rather I am sharing a little snap of history because I think it’s really interesting and if you are a fan of literature and you’re following my blog then hopefully you will find it interesting too.
Something that I love about where I’m from is that Dublin is steeped in literary history. Dublin is home to some incredible theatres, one of them being the Gaiety Theatre. The Gaiety Theatre opened in 1871 and I am lucky enough to have a program from 1957.
I absolutely love this program. I love that it gives me a glimpse back in time and from reading it you can get an idea about what was going on at that time. What I love about it most is that I think it just proves how universal theatre is. Theatre is and has always been a communal experience and yet it is also a personal one.
When you go to the theatre, you are sitting in an audience and then the lights go down, the curtains open and we all watch something together. We all watch the same show and yet we can all leave feeling different. Some will love it, others may hate it, some will feel deeply moved, others may be indifferent because even though we have all watched the same show, theatre can move people in different ways and that is what makes it so interesting. I love chatting to my friends after a show and learning what stood out for them and seeing if it is different to what stood out for me and I just love the idea that even though times change, shows change, and audiences change that some things stay the same.
The next time I go to the Gaiety or to any theatre, I will get a program. In 1957 an audience gathered and someone got a program and now in 2021 I have it and I love it. I love it because it is a little snap of the past, it is a snap of literary history and it is a very special addition to my program collection.
I hope you all enjoyed this Friday’s Choice. It was something different but the goal is that every week is new and different. I hope you like the snaps below. Do you have pieces that mean a lot to you? Any snaps of the past? I love reading comments so let me know.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I am already looking forward to Movie Monday.