No rain in Spain, por favor
Oh, the logistics of outdoor events, says this MOG The St George Open Air Cinema enjoys a packed(mother of the groom) who didn’t sleep for a month house summer season at this venue each year with the before her elder son’s wedding in spring 2015. It was an Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House creating a watching unexpectedly weather soggy reports season on and telly,I became mostly addictedhosted by to mmt th the magical NSW backdrop.capital is At such sucha showgirl moments of youa city. are reminded lasses in shiny gowns who prattled on about “rainfall I have been comprehensively rained upon twice at events” as if these were magical occasions to which we th these events over the past six years but, hey, then you were all invited, BYO brolly and gumboots. No thanks. ju just fork out $5 for, ta da, a Biowear Eco Poncho made
But, the alfresco nuptials were a great success; windy fr from corn, soy, and sunflower starches and sit there the showers bride miraculouslyarrived and just stoppedin time aboutfor the 30 leaves minutes wwcof beforea co with fellow audience members looking like a
congregation of Obi-Wan Kenobi lookalikes at a Star grand old Moreton Bay fig to cease dripping on to the W Wars convention. assembled throng. These ponchos are biodegradable and take about a
So, imagine the planning that goes into something as ye year to break down. I was not aware of their existence grand (and unsheltered) as Handa Opera on Sydney du during my brief alternative career as a wedding planner. Harbour. Until April 23 it’s Georges Bizet’s Carmen in Ot Otherwise, scores would have been stashed in the car the open air beside Fleet Steps at Mrs Macquarie’s boot, along with 50 umbrellas, an inflatable marquee, a Chair on the northeast side of the Royal Botanic rubber raft and a plastic mac custom-made to slip over Gardens. So, expect flouncy frocks and swaggering MOG’s flouncy frock. Ole! soldiers, army vehicles suspended on cranes and, of course, the playing out of the tale of the wilful Carmen and her suitors Don Jose and Escamillo amidid doomd and d despair in old Seville. The stage is about 2 ½ times larger than any indoor equivalent in Australia and is slanted in a way that suggests the stars could at any minute sail into the audience. It is entirely thrilling.