Last night I went to Frogs Under the Waterfront, a performance of Aristophanes’ The Frogs (οἱ βάτραχοι) mostly in boats underneath the Wellington waterfront run as part of the Fringe Festival. I was pretty sceptical of the concept going in, but it came off pretty well.
It was raining a little, but only the first twenty minutes or so is really outside, the rest is underneath the wharf, so that wasn’t much of a problem. The performances themselves are mostly static with the boats moored in front of makeshift stages (as best as possible; you’re in the pedalboats from the lagoon, and occasionally you’d have to do a little work to keep in place). The play is a comedy, and it manages to keep that going with contemporary references as well as the classics. My friends the classicists enjoyed it too, so it counts as culture.
The original season has sold out, but the programme handed out lists a return season Monday 2nd-Saturday 7th March with tickets from Downstage. It’s definitely worth going to if you can.