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I'll do this tonight, since by the time we get home tomorrow I'll prolly be back into full-on freak-out-about-homework mode.  Bristol was a good time.  The Faire is Big!  With my limited memory, comparable to Michigan.  I think it's almost too big for my taste, thought that could just be the cast, and not the actual size.  There were three sections of cast, the Nobles w/ the Queen (around 30 members), Robin Hood and his Merry Men and the Towsfolk (dunno how many, prolly around 20 or so), and the peasant dancers (20 or so).  The three groups don't interact with each other at all, and only seemed to marginally interact with playtrons.  We're planning on following the Robin Hood plot line tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes.  But the Nobles had such a huge court and just didn't interact really at all with any one outside of it.  Though the cute guy who played Philip Howard was at least aware of other people and played a tad with us.  

The peasants did the dancing and the "pub sing" (more on that later).  For on thing, there was no advertising, and thus no crowd for either the dancing or the pub sing.  And by no crowd I literally mean Liz, Corinne, and myself we the only ones watchings. The dances were very so-so, and slow!  They did Rufty Tufty, but slower than we do, and that made it less interesting. They also did the version of Gay Gordons that we learned at VARF.  So that was happy. (I like that version, though I do miss the polka).  We tried to talk to them and they kinda of ignored us and circled away.  Made me feel like a heckler, even thoguh logically that makes no sense.  And as for the pub sing at the end of the day... They have no pub!  Or rather, no seating.  There's a bar and then the street all around it.  The pub sing was conducted by the peasant group again, and wasn't very good, thoguh that could have been because it was hard to hear.  We wandered off about half way thru, partly because of sore feet and wanting to actually be able to sit somewhere, partly because we realized we were standing right next to a bee's nest, and partly because the pub sing just wasn't worth it.  

Tomorrow we're going to go watch Robin Hood and his merry Men for a bit.  They're the only ones who have fighting, and that is a very limited amount, and all unannounced lane fights.  I don't know how late we're staying, though prolly not too too late. I wore my red and yellow garb today, and I'm just going to wear my cameleon tomorrow methinks.  More comfy and maybe a little cooler (Though the heat wasn't that bad anyways).  

 In other news, I bought nice comfy Son of Sandler knee high buckle boots.  Comfy comfy!  I also visited the juggling booth and one of the girls there showed me some new pi tricks, so I have something to practice for awhile.  She explained the five beat weave a little better, and showed me how to Butterfly and some tricks that branch off that, and do a 3 beat spin.  

Date: 2009-07-12 04:01 am (UTC)
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I'm actually both relieved and disappointed that you pointed out some of that--I'd noticed the same issue with lack of playing with playtrons last time I went to Bristol. At the time, I thought maybe it was just me, or maybe they just put forth more effort to people *not* in garb, to help them fit in more or something? But if you guys actively attempted to engage them and still got ignored, I'm thinking maybe they're just not great at patron interaction at all. :( It's called interactive theatre for a reason, people!

But the pub sing had made me think about our own Faire, and how maybe we should try to encourage a bit more audience participation--I think we do better than them, at least, saying they can sing along if they know the words, and making eye contact and such. Bristol's pub sing group seemed to be doing it entirely for themselves, barely acknowledging that they might even *have* an audience.

So: relieved that you made similar observations so it wasn't just me, but disappointed because it means they're not any better this year and when I go next week I'll probably only be confirming that.

Still, um, yay Faire? Have fun tomorrow!

Date: 2009-07-12 04:02 am (UTC)
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Also, now I have All Around My Hat stuck in my head, thanks. :P

Date: 2009-07-12 01:08 pm (UTC)
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The Bristol faire is intentionally set up as more of a living history scenario. They do not encourage interaction as a general rule, it is a "come and watch us be renaissance" faire. I make no comment on the validity of this as a performance, but I assure you it is intentional. I have not been to the faire but know many who frequent it. What you saw is just their general Modus Operandi.

:-) Personally, I like my interactive theater, but there are clearly other choices!

Date: 2009-07-12 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Bristol was my first RenFaire. I always enjoyed it, mostly because I was able to find cool stuff to buy. That, and they were using fake blood at the joust for a while and slitting throats. That was pretty cool.

I very much want a pair of those knee-high boots. I kinda need 'em to finish out the swashbuckler garb I've got.


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