Last night was the start of the two day Literary Fest held in Hobart each August. It is held at the Playhouse Theatre, an old theatre in Hobart that features mainly amateur plays and actors. The literary fest is a short film festival though short plays are performed. They produce six short plays varying in length from 5 minutes to 30 minutes in three separate sessions. Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. After each session an experienced theatre adjudicator talks about the plays and at the end of the Saturday night session all actors and audience members are invited to a supper, drinks and awards.
I went last night and sat by myself because I can never get people to go with me to these things. Mainly because I decide to go to them at the last minute. I did meet people in the audience I knew and we all shared some conversations about the experience.
Kafkaesque, Quixotic and Zombie books were mentioned. Then up popped a reference to Mary Shelly and Frankenstein.
I thought "What a diversity and how would the conversations have changed if people had not read these books by Kafka, Cerventes and Shelly." Not to mention all of the books and films about zombies.
I often attend events or go to cafes on my own and it is great fun to listen in on conversations. Last night I overheard three young men discussing how they eat a chocolate crunchie bar. One man said he chews all the chocolate off the whole things then eats the middle crunchie part. It really is quite interesting what you learn when sitting quietly listening to people talking around you.
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