During the last lesson on Wednesday afternoon, a group of people from the school took the bus to London. We had to leave early to beat traffic so we were sure to make it before it started. Traffic between Oxford and London can be horrible. However, this time there was none. We arrived in London a good hour before we had to meet outside the theatre. This led to us having some free time to walk around London before the play. Even the British weather was on our side, with a good 17*c and sun.
First we walked by a small Italian ice-cream shop, where we bought gelato to enjoy in the sun, then we walked to the covent garden market which was located close by. We walked around watching street performers and two of my friends even decided to dance along to the musicians. Easy to say that this was better than a normal school day.
From there on we walked down to the river bank and found a small park where we sat down on the grass enjoying a few minutes in the sun.
It was both fun and relaxing, contrasting the situation back in Oxford where everyone is constantly revising for mocks. As the clock neared seven we slowly made our way back to the theatre for the evenings main event; The Lion King.
I have to say, my expectations were pretty high. I have always been a huge fan of Disney, Especially the musical movies, so to exceed my expectations isn’t easy. The Lion King however, did just that. The first song, ‘Circle of Life’ was one of the most impressing openings I’ve ever seen. The staging, makeup, costumes and masks all enhanced the amazing acting and singing and made the experience unforgettable. At the end of Act one, I had teared up twice. I have to admit that I am a very emotional person, but the sheer impact of the play would affect most people I believe. Act 2 lived up to act 1 in both song and acting and with witty humour and sly pop-culture references it was almost like an rollercoaster of emotions. By the end of it, it was almost sad. I can definitely say that this day was one of the highlights of the year.