Been a while since I posted here. I actually wrote a very long piece a month ago, but there was a problem submitting it and subsequently it vanished from existence :/
Anyway, I’ve just come back from a UK tour of Twelfth Night with Purplecoat Productions, the theatre company I did both Noises Off and Caretaker with. What a superb time. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, even the lack of sleep, eating when I could, sleeping and shitting where I could. It was great. We started off in Dublin, playing in a theatre called Smock Alley. After that it was back to the hostel at midnight, bed by 1am, up at 3am to catch a flight to Birmingham. Once there we got a minibus and it was straight to the next theatre, which was called the Crescent Theatre. Nice black box space. That was where most of us caught up on sleep on the theatre seating. After that, back to the hostel for a nice lie in and a short drive to Stratford-upon-Avon.
This was the day where we probably had the most time, so a lot of us went out onto the streets flyering for our play, which was a new experience but I quite enjoyed by the end. THe theatre was called The Attic, in a lovely 17th century building that apparently housed the wood that Shakespeare’s house was built from. In Stratford we were lucky enough to stay in a Travel Lodge, but we were up the next morning and back to Liverpool to set up in Calderstones Park. A lovely sunny day, and a nice space too. We had 130 people come see us and it was definitely our most fun and interactive audience. After that, we had one night in our own beds before a very long (10 hour) journey to North Finchley in London, where we just chilled out for the night.
Sunday was our last day, and we performed in the Arts Depot Theatre, which was a lovely big theatre. The audience weren’t into it as much as others, but they picked up in the second half. There were only about 30 of them. Then we were out for a few drinks, ready for the coach/train/planes back to wherever we were all going next.
As I said, it was so much fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I met some great people and hope to work with them one day, but knowing how these things go (the nature of theatre), it’s more likely I won’t. I’ll miss them.