One of the things on my SL Bucket List is to see a live performance at the Basilique Playhouse. I first became aware of this virtual theatre group when they staged Romeo and Juliet in 2013 and last year, Paradise Lost. Unfortunately, the showtimes didn’t mesh well with living in Australia, so I didn’t have the opportunity to experience the immersive performances. I have read about the shows, watched clips on Youtube and seen the Drax Files episode. Artistic Director Canary Beck and Technical Director Harvey Crabsticks have brought live theatre to a new level in Second Life.
However, that didn’t stop me from finally visiting the Basilique Region. I was stunned by the amazing build, the attention to detail in every texture and placement of each item. I wandered around, breathing in the ambiance, wondering at the beauty of this sim. It is truly a destination in itself, whether a performance is running or not.
Luckily, it seems that I will have my opportunity to finally see Paradise Lost, and hopefully, a new live performance later this year. Canary Beck (aka Becky) has shared her intentions for Basilique, and she has a plentiful platter of plans for 2015. I nearly swooned when I read everything she has on the go for Second Life; when I picked myself up off the floor, I nearly swooned again, imagining what her calendar must look like!
While I wait for the release of the movie, the new production and even her book (!), I was content to just take a few photos of this amazing Second Life destination. These are completely raw shots, taken in the Basilique Playhouse Ballroom. As I stood at the top of the stairs, remembering long-ago days when I participated in live performances, I realised we are all tiny dancers, put here to share our talents with the world.
Becky has set the benchmark.
Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Dress: Nylon Outfitters (NO) Russian Princess – Black & Antique White by Nylon Pinkney (available at Uber Jan. 2015)
Shoes: fri.day – Opal.Heels (Silver) – Slink by Darling Monday (these were for FLF last week – check for availability in these colours)
Necklace: (Yummy) Pearl & Diamond Necklace by Polyester Partridge (available at Uber Jan. 2015)
Earrings: (Yummy) Diamond Chandelier Earrings – Diamond by Polyester Partidge (available at Uber Jan. 2015)
Bracelet: (Yummy) Pearl & Diamond Bracelet by Polyester Partidge (available at Uber Jan. 2015)
Hair: *ARGRACE* HIIRAGI – Ginger by rika Oyen
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 13 C by aida Ewing (available at Kustom9 Dec. 2014)
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual (L) & Splayed (R) by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers: -Glam Affair– Slink Hand & Feet Skin Appliers AD by aida Ewing
Eyes: [ MUDSKIN ]_Glass Eye_Blue3_w1 by Sopha Portal (available at Kustom9 Dec. 2014)
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri
Pose: oOo Studio fever_six by Olaenka Chesnokov
Location: Basilique Playhouse Ballroom
Photos taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet