Spinning Yarn: Street Theatre # 107

January 14th, 2012 by Marion

 Christchurchis a lovely city, all older buildings and culture. Very Green with lots of parks and not so spread out – a change from  myMelbournehome. It is also a very untidy city, having on-going scaffolding on a lot of the buildings to stabilize them while they are being assessed for earthquake damage. Watch where you step.

 Recovering slowly, the people are looking for reassurance. They are determined to be cheerful in the face of all the damage, a constant reminder of tragedy and loss.

 The Buskers Festival was the week following my visit, and I had a small taste of what was on offer when I stopped to watch “Hefty Jeff ” in his street theatre presentation. Sometimes quietly amusing, but more often laugh out loud funny, he kept the fire juggling and sword swallowing and broken glass walking up to the audience who were avidly listening to him speak – lest they miss out on one of his jokes. There were many.


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