Arts, culture, theatre, and travel go hand in hand.
Bard on a Budget
In Ottawa, a local troupe known as the Company of Fools puts on an extensive pay what you can summer program and I try to make it every year. As a value focused traveler, accessible Shakespeare makes tremendous economic sense to me, but there is a deeper value as well.
The chance to see a great show, be part of a local community event, and see such a diverse group of people enjoying an historic art form makes for a truly special experience. I’ve also seen Shakespeare in more formal, but still value focused settings. I've attended performances at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London (the standing floor seats are the best deal in the entire city!) as well as in such unusual locations as Cedar City, Utah. The University of Southern Utah puts on a tremendous festival each year in this most un-Elizabethan of settings.
While living in England, I had access to same day ticket booths for discount show admissions. I continued my dress rehearsal winning streak by attending performances at the Glyndebourne Opera House. I've discovered that if you are open to anything and not hung up on the idea of attending an opening night performance you can see amazing theatre - both mainstream and alternative - for bargain prices.
Frugal Fine Art
My passion for the freebies in life continued as I took advantage of every complimentary tour offered at each gallery and slowly I started to learn more about what I was looking at and develop my own preferences. While I'll still go look at any kind of art, I now really look forward to seeing some of my favourite artists and styles.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. What is the best play or performance you've ever seen in your travels?
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