Friday, October 16, 2009

A Week of Strikes & Theater

It has been a nice relaxing week here in London, my 3 day school week was cut down to one due to London Met's academic staff going on strike today and yesterday to protest huge cut backs in staff due to a 'clerical error' made by the school last summer. This and additional information about the financial situation of LMU has left me (along with numerous other students and staff) slightly worried as to whether the school with be running next semester, let alone next week. I'm certain things will be worked out, but until they are I guess we will all just have to wait and see.

On a much lighter note, Lauren and I have had the great opportunity to see two productions this week thanks to our class Theater in London.
Wednesday our class took a train out to Kingston to see Miss Julie at the Rose Theater. It was a well done Shakespearean play written by Strindberg set during a mid summers night. Miss Julie is the daughter of a well to-do Count, and after having an affair with one of the servants she 'finds herself caught in a desperate struggle'.
Thursday we were off to the Novello Theater to see An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. This was a great thriller about a family whose night was turned upside-down by a police inspector regarding the suicide of a young girl. With twists and turns every minute, it kept us on the edge of our seats.

Next week hopefully classes will continue as planned and we will be off to the Globe Theater for a tour, plus the production of Cymbeline by Shakespeare. Next Saturday we will be taking a day trip out the Isle of Wight with the International Students House (ISH) as well, so as always there is more to come!

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