Niagara-on-the-Lake is also the home of the Shaw Festival and in the evening we saw an extremely good production of Howard Barker’s Victory. I was not previously familiar with Barker and read up on him a bit after the play. While, ultimately, I’m not sold on his reported approach to theatre or what I was able to take away from the play, it was certainly an interesting evening of serious drama, well acted, particularly, I thought, by Martha Burns as the widow Bradshaw. In the intermission we sat briefly in a small garden plaza behind the theatre, bordering a meadow, whence this picture.
Niagara-on-the-Lake proved to be a very charming, antique sort of town, very much laid out for tourists. Lots of twee shops selling “local” products, bakeries, ice-cream shoppes, restaurants, local artists. There was an old apothecary set up as a kind of museum and lots of plaques detailing historic sites around town and a lovely little park. Ideal, if you really like shopping.
The main street we walked along, laid out for tourists, was lined with stunning flowers.