So, I’ve just got in from our final night at The Lowry and oh my goodness what a run it has been here.
For those who haven’t heard our Older Ben (Brian GORMan, hence the very clever title) was struck down with a particularly nasty case of sciatica earlier in the week, which mean twe had to recast THREE DAYS before we opened! Cue our knight in hot beverage-y armour Daniel Thackeray (or Dan Thacker-Lad as he has been affectionately christened).
Without a word of exaggeration here, Dan saved the show. After tears, tantrums and a hell of a lot of coffee and hours of chatting, Dan stepped up to the plate in a big way, and by big I mean humongous and by humongous I mean… Well… Bigger than that. The man learned his lines overnight, and learned his moves in a day, ran it all once (in all fairness it was the entire cast’s first run too) and went on the following night. It would be fair to say that we were flying by the seat of our pants; Pre-show nerves took on a whole new meaning, and after a less than perfect tech we were on.
You can imagine our shock when 4 and 5 star reviews started coming in. It would appear this production is one of those things that holds new twist and turns round every corner, and I’m not even talking about the plot. I can only hope we are as well received everywhere and pray that the Theatre Gods recognise our struggle and bless us with engaged audiences, seamless technical rehearsal and the good health of everyone involved.
It has been wonderful opening at The Lowry and I am proud to call this show ours now. It was looking dodgy this time last week, but it’s fair to say we’ve all pulled it off, director, producers, costume, crew, stage management and the wonderful staff at The Lowry alike.
Also, can I just say how flipping lovely it is to finally be a team all together with the Broken lot. Our show is dominated by the menfolk (sans Tracy and I), so it’s ace to have a few more females about the place. The sad fact is, I still haven’t managed to see Broken as sitting in the dark for an hour before I go on wouldn’t help my nerves or my ever flaky vocal chords, so I just have to wait until we’re on first to see it. Really looking forward to it though, it sounds ace on the Show Relay.
So, it’s with a heavy heart we wave goodbye to Salford, and say hello to Halifax. I’ll miss warming up looking over the Quays, having lights all round my dressing room mirror and singing a Kyrie Eleison in a bathroom with a beautiful acoustic (It’s part of my warm up, daaaahling).
Till next time, folks.
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