Monday – dress rehearsal – not horrendous, far from it, but that ball game will be the death of us! If we get it right every night it will be nothing short of a miracle. We had the sound effects for the first time ever which caused quite a bit of hilarity. And I had a rose bush from which to pick roses… the set really is incredible, lots of lovely little details!
Wednesday – opening night – technical issues with sound, a new amplifier has been ordered. About a 3/4 house, you could hear them listening and chuckling to themselves with the odd belly guffaw. Great energy in the theatre tonight and it really souped up our performances, precisely what we’ve been needing for the last couple of weeks! Oh, and we nailed the dreaded ball game – huzzah!
Thursday – a smaller audience, but a livlier audience. Better quality you could say 😉 They arrived determined to enjoy themselves! A couple of prompts were needed by my cast mates, and Caron and Gethyn got a fit of the giggles after Gethyn needed the best prompt in the history of prompts (the line ‘ah’ had escaped him), but another top notch performance. Mike accidentally squashed my head against the bench during our clinch – payback for all the damage he received up against the wall in Theft apparently!…. what can one say to that? I stumbled off stage and did my costume change in fits of laughter!
Friday – near as damnit sold out, and a lovely responsive lot they were too. A great smooth performance tonight. No technical issues and no prompts. Rock on!
Saturday – the last night – even nearer as damnit sold out, and by far the best audience we had all week. They laughed at every single joke, out loud. Our performances really went up a notch because of it. A very special last night indeed, even if I did drop the ball when I shouldn’t have (I was very surprised it had not happened before then, to be honest!). After the show we did the usual staying for drinks in the bar afterwards and gave the director our thank you gift – an apron quilted by Jeannie and signed by us all, Peg wore it for the rest of the night!
A bunch of us then hit the pub and we stayed so long they actually kicked us out! I drove the other ladies home and what with the clock change last night I didn’t get home myself before 3 am… yes, I know, dirty stop out!
Great fun though!
(even if I am completely knackered now!)
On a side note, a point of interest, BBC Radio 4 on Saturday afternoons for the last three weeks has been broadcasting a radio version of all three Norman Conquest plays, and on this Saturday (the afternoon of the last night) they broadcast ‘Round and Round the Garden’. I have been listening avidly each week and this one was no different. I listened to it in bed this morning and it was a little peculiar hearing my own lines in another voice performed a little differently! Wonderful stuff though, had me laughing even though I know it backwards – I will have to seek that out and buy it if I can.
That’s all for now folks!