Let’s go to Avignon!


In a few hours, I will be arrived in Avignon.

It is a charming city of the south of the France, in Provence. There is a big and famous theatre festival for three weeks in July. It happens every year.

Last July, I went to Avignon and spent two days over there, attended to 6 plays in one single day! It was incredible and it was a pure delight. The one that I preferred was a play named “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from William Shakespeare…

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Philip H
Active Learner
7 years ago

A Midsummer Night’s dream is arguably the funniest of Shakespeare’s plays. The character of Bottom, with his ass’s head never fails to amuse, nor the play within a play of Pyramus and Thisbe (and the wall).

Have a wonderful time and I hope you get to see more of the Bard’s creations this year.

Philip H
Reply to  Blandine L
7 years ago

Shakesespeare is known as ‘the Bard of Avon’. A bard is a professional story teller, verse writer, playwrite. Avon because he comes from Stratford upon Avon. I said arguably because, whilst I agree with you, others might suggest others of his comedy plays or, comedy characters, for example; Much ado about nothing or the Taming of the Shrew, or they might even select specific characters such as Sir Toby Belch from Twelfth Night or Falstaff who appeared in Henry IVth (parts 1 and 2) and was so popular that Shakespeare is said to have written Merry Wives of Windsor just… Read more »

Philip H
Reply to  Philip H
7 years ago

Yippee, At last I get pink. Mea culpa P.H. is quite right of course. Strangely the correct spelling is playwright. It becomes even stranger because the act of writing a play is playwriting. It is not as strange as you might think though, really a ‘wright’ in old English, that is to say English rarely used these days, is a craftsman so, the title Playwright is saying that he he is craftsman at writing plays…………which he certainly was. Another example of wright which you may come across (though I doubt it) is Ploughwright, someone who makes or repairs ploughs. Now… Read more »

Reply to  Philip H
7 years ago

For more on the origins of the expression “mes culpa”, see this.

Maryse D
7 years ago

How lucky you are my dear Blandine to pass your time in Avignon during THE Festival! I would be there with you at the moment!! I went several times in the Festival because I love theatre, and Avignon is simply the best place to be in the whole world when you love theatre. Thousands of shows everywhere in the city in all of sorts of theaters. Sometimes they are played in very small and overheat places, others are played outdoor. By the way, there are also spectacles on the streets, and on the many squares of this marvellous town. Enjoy… Read more »

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