Leafin’ Through: Books for autumn, part 3 – As You Like It
So we come to the third and final post in my Leafin’ Through series. I promised theatre, and theatre you shall have…
Obviously, your reading music had to be part of the soundtrack from the most famous film version. Yes, I know I’ve used one of the tracks already, but the soundtrack really is very good.
Third Leafin’ Through choice: As You Like It, by William Shakespeare.
Aside from being one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, there is one thing that makes this play especially suited to autumn – trees, trees, trees. The Forest of Arden is the main site of the action: if there’s one place you can and should be able to appreciate the new season, it’s a whacking great arboretum like Arden. In fact, Arden is so lovely that Celia comments, “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.”
Now is the perfect time of year to get good photographs of trees. This is where something real cool kicks in – the Globe’s Forest of Arden project. Send in a picture of a tree and contribute to an online Arden. The result will be made into a poster, sold in the Globe’s shop, and the proceeds go back into their work. What could be better?
The play itself makes a gorgeous companion to an afternoon stroll in your local park, or indoors on a rainy afternoon with your feet up. The simplicity of country life, a love story (or four), and some excellent clowning from the immortal Touchstone combine to make a really cracking October warmer.