So, yesterday evening was spent with my friend Monika in one of Stockholm’s large parks, Rålambshovsparken, where the council-funded theatre give public outdoor performances for free throughout the summer. As their Director puts it – “It’s your cultural tax rebate”….
HOWEVER – I didn’t mean to discuss politics in this post, so let’s not digress. We went to see a favourite artist of ours, Mattias Enn. He is a Swedish stage artist who has specialised in the “Old Divas”, singing quite a lot of Zarah Leander etc., as well as other cabaret artists from the first half of the 20th century. As usual, he did a superb show, with a lot of recognisable songs, mainly focussing on Stockholm in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Something that I wasn’t so fond of, however, was his female co-host, who kept on making a lot of irrelevant political points (leftist, of course), which somehow was a bit of a “party pooper”. The director also started the show with a long and rambling speak, praising the company and their founder (who, interestingly enough was an old City Head Gardener back in 1942!).
All in all, it was a very nice evening out with an old friend, as we brought wine and a packed dinner of cold cuts and potato salad, and the weather was reasonably nice all evening. When we finished with a final glass of wine at an outdoor restaurant nearby, however, it was close to 11pm and we both felt that it was time to head home to bed. Strangely, I felt a bit nauseous once I had gone to bed, probably because I rarely drink wine these days – it doesn’t agree with my stomach now that I’m old…. 😛