However, the documentary was about the stage production done by the National Theatre Company (England). I found the documentary fascinating (do watch it if you haven’t seen it – it’s 49 minutes well spent) so when I found out the production was coming to Sydney, I asked WM for tickets for my birthday.
We saw it on Wednesday night – it was breath-taking and deeply-moving. We hardly knew where to look, there was so much going on. At the same time, the puppets are so life-like in their movements that we soon forgot that we were watching puppets. One no longer sees the puppeteers/actors. We have not seen the movie so the story line was new to us; I was so pleased it had a “happy ending” but, even if it hadn’t, the whole production was just brilliant and I’d love to go again before it closes.
We live in the metropolitan area of Sydney but, as part of my birthday treat, we stayed in the hotel in the same complex as the theatre. We had been upgraded to a one-room apartment with views over Darling Harbour (one of the inlets in Sydney Harbour). What a great birthday present.
The flags on the Harbour Bridge were at half mast until early afternoon.
Because it was a holiday, WM and I took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent most of the day ferry-hopping around our beautiful harbour.
Firstly we took the ferry from Pyrmont Bay to Circular Quay
|ferry coming in to Pyrmont Bay Wharf, taken from our hotel room|
|Balmain Court House|
After a late lunch/early dinner at City Extra restaurant at Circular Quay, we hopped on the ferry back to Pyrmont Bay, collected our luggage from the hotel concierge, and caught the light rail back to Central and a train back to our home town! We had to wait quite a while for a taxi, a lot of people were returning home from a day of celebrations but we finally arrived home a little after 7:30pm, happy but extremely tired.
Here are some more of the myriad of photos WM took during our day away from home!
|the city skyline from our hotel room|
|old wharves/warehouses transformed into very expensive apartments|
|the northern approach (road and rail) to the Harbour Bridge|
|Luna Park occupies some prime real estate on the north side of the harbour|
|Sydney skyline from the harbour|
|two icons that probably don't need a caption!|
|looks like a postcard, doesn't it?|
|some Sydney Water Police in their new boat|