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ENSEMBLE THEATRE - Kirribilli, Sydney

Date: 2nd January 2014

A DAY IN AND AROUND SYDNEY My son doesn't go back to work until 6th January so we have a few days doing things together.


Yesterday we went on a cliff walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee. I'm afraid big flat beaches with hundreds of people do nothing for me - I didn't like Bondi when I lived in Australia and it hasn't improved with age - getting even more crowded. Apart from the golden sand, it could be Brighton Beach on a Bank holiday! My preference is for the little coves and rocky spots which we saw on our walk. It was an incredibly humid/muggy day and it had started to spit with rain so we caught the bus back to Surry Hills.

Then temptation arrived in the form of a Charity Shop with a very good array of books. Jonathan and I are very similar - no matter how often we downsize our library, we can't resist the temptation of buying more. I was amazed at the low prices especially as Books are twice the price in Australia compared with the UK. We both came home with an armful for the cost of a few cups of coffee.

When I lived in Sydney I performed in several of the theatres - most have now disappeared (Phillip Street Theatre and The Palace in Pitt Street). However the Ensemble Theatre at Kirribilli is still going strong. I was in a production there in 1965 - a comedy by David Turner called 'Semi-Detached'. In view of my nostalgia, Jonathan booked for us to see Alan Ayckbourn's 'Neighbourhood Watch' and also to have dinner at the Bayly Theatre (named after a famous Aussie actress Lorraine Bayly). It was a great evening made even more memorable when Jonathan purchased a book celebrating 50 years of the Ensemble Theatre and there, at the back where all the productions are listed, was my name in the cast. It was a hot but grey and overcast evening but the view from the Restaurant was still very impressive. And the service we received from the staff and in particular the Restaurant Manager, Gloria Gonzales, couldn't be faulted.

Sorry - but again I shall have to load the photos when I return to the UK. I have a 'proper camera' with a memory card and can't load it into the Ipad - nor transfer it by any other means.

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