Theft – week 15 – It’s showtime!!!

Opening night  – colour me stunned when people kept pouring in, we were near-as-dammit full. And it was a quality audience, too. So responsive! Cast were on the top of their game, the techy bits were spot on, too. All wrapped together by a top notch set – I was told it would be rich in colour and it would look expensive, and boy did it!

Night two – House was packed, not a free seat. They were a little quieter tonight. Concentrating and chuckling quietly rather than laughing out loud. Made the actors jobs a little harder as there was less energy for them to feed off, but still another excellent performance!

Night three – near-as-dammit full again! And super responsive again. The cast were lapping it up and giving it some welly. Lots of lovely comments about performance ( which we’ve had the other two nights, too – if you’ve not guessed, I’m VERY proud of my cast), AND also about the set tonight (I’m also VERY proud of my crew), which is much deserved, because it’s so, so pretty!

Final night – three quarters full, which ain’t bad considering the competition!  International rugby (wales v new zealand, no less), football, Cowbridge town twinning, and an Edwardian themed event in cowbridge. On top of that the cast made me all uncharacteristically soppy with their thank you comments and gifts – all because they aimed it at me after I’d had a pint of cider. The little devils 😉

To sum it up, I couldn’t be more chuffed with how the play went and with how well it was received. I was blown away by ticket sales, amazing … and now it’s time for me to catch some zzzzzzz before we start the next one :-s


That’s all for now, folks!



Theft – week 14 – the final furlong

Monday – act 1 perfect, act 2 lagging behind slightly.

Thursday – both acts up to speed, best performance so far. Characters clearly on display. Technical probs with sound, as in we didn’t have any!

Sunday – tech rehearsal – sound sorted! Yay! Sound cues and lighting cues all timed out. Gun issues occured and back up plan is in place – phew! The cast did their best performance on their lines.

Whisper it: we’re all set for the dress tomorrow…. eeep!

Monday – dress rehearsal – There’s a superstition amongst theatre folk that a good dress rehearsal means a bad opening night and vice versa. Now, I don’t hold with absolutely, but neither do I dismiss it.

I was very happy, very happy, withour dress rehearsal. It was smoth, on time, no technical issues but there were a few fluffed lines. In other words good enough to bode well but there still things to improve – best of both worlds baby!

Two sleeps to opening night and I can’t wait to get that audience reaction.




Theft – week 13 – valuable minutes

Pacing and running time.

This week has been about upping the former and cutting the latter.


The play is supposed to be roughly 2hrs long. Act 1 should be around 1hr and 10 mins. Act 2 should be around 50 mins.

Act 2 they are nailing. It is swift, flowing, and it works like a dream.

Act 1 is flagging – it came in at 1 hr 30 mins (yikes!). Mainly due to rusty lines, so we blitzed act 1 for two rehearsals, going over it and over it.

The last time we ran it Act 1 came in at a very respectable 1 hr 10 mins – go team!

And with the improved lines and quickened pace the dialogue took on a life of it’s own. It was starting to sound like people just talking together, not actors reciting lines.

It’s the final week of rehearsals next week – the final furlong – and I’m one happy director! 🙂



Theft – week 12 – bits and pieces

This week was frustrating. Or at least it started that way… 🙂 they do say that every cloud has a silver lining.

Act 2 was what we were working on and lines and moves were a struggle to remember on Monday. A real struggle. Then on Thursday a holiday (this was expected) and sickness (not so much) descended and we ended up 2 cast members down.

Cue much hilarity when the crew has scripts thrust upon them so that we could run lines. JG, very much a man taking on a female role was a sight to behold, Les Dawson eat your heart out! And PD, never acted in is life, and would much rather not read the biggest part in the play like a trooper, he even remembered most of the moves.

Impressive stuff. And you could argue that it was a blessing in disguise as the cast had to focus their attention and concentrate. Everyone did so well: moves were crisp, lines were much improved and the whole of act 2 flowed.

Wonderful! Then, a week ago we’d decided to have an extra rehearsal on Sunday evenings to take the pressure off. This Sunday (today) was the second such rehearsal and we used it to sort out little details like the change from Act 1 Scene 1 to Act 1 Scene 2, and the same in Act 2. We also ran the whole of Act 2 from the top, again.

The long and short of it is that we are now in a position to run the whole play from start to finish. Two weeks from show week. This is not something that happens on very play, in fact it’s a bit of a rarity, more often than not we run it straight through just the once before the tech rehearsal.

In other words we are in a REALLY GOOD position. I’m so proud! Well done you lovely lot!