Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The 10th DIMF – Legally Blonde

This years DIMF has lots of shows from around the world, most notably a production of Legally Blonde from the UK. It started out in America in 2007 and has had productions around America from Broadway, to the West End in London now here to Daegu. It is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film starring Reece Witherspoon, about a sorority girl who manages to enrol in Harvard Law School to follow her love and win back her ex-boyfriend.
The venue for this musical is the Daegu Opera House. It is located close to HomePlus near Daegu Station. It is a 2 minute walk from HomePlus and maybe a 15 minute walk from Daegu Station.

Outside the venue you can see the huge Legally Blonde and DIMF banners so you know that you have found the right place.
Outside the venue has a little exhibition showing flyers and posters from the previous festivals. There are also hand prints from some of the more famous actors that have participated in DIMF.
Inside the main doors to the right hand side you can find the ticket box where you can pick your tickets up. Just show the staff the ID card that you booked your tickets with and they will quickly pass you your tickets. Next to the ticket box is a vending machine with various cold drinks and as standard in most places in Korea, a free filtered water machine.
To the left side of the main entrance is a small café that sells tea and coffee. Refreshments can also be pre-ordered here for the interval where they will be ready and prepared for you when you come out of the auditorium during the break. Keep in mind that food and drink isn’t allowed into the auditorium.
There is also a cloakroom if you brought a bag that you don’t want to carry inside. There are lots of tiers of tickets and 4 floors in the Daegu Opera House. I chose the R tier of ticket and was very happy with my view, although it seemed as though most seats would be fine.
Since the production is from the UK all of the singing and dialogue is in English as you would expect. I wondered if all of the audience knew English enough to understand what was going on, but actually as you can see in the picture, to the left and right sides of the stage, there are small unobtrusive screens that show subtitles in Korean. I guess this would be the same for other productions that are in Korean but with English subtitles.

The musical was really enjoyable and I definitely recommend going to see it if you have the chance. The acting, singing and dancing were all incredible. If you have seen and enjoyed the book or film you will definitely not regret seeing the musical too.


*BUYING TICKETS TIP*
For all the musicals in The 10th DIMF, foreigners can get 20% off all tickets (up to 4 tickets per person). Weirdly this is only advertised in Korean and you have to use the Korean version of the Interpark website. Your log in information for the international version of the site won’t work on the Korean version either, you have to make a new account to use it. When you get to choose your ticket price, choose the“global discount” (글로벌할인20%) option for the discount.


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Date / Time:
Every day until Saturday 2nd of July 7:30PM
(with an additional matinee performance on Saturday 2nd of July at 3PM)

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