We’ve been busy, can you tell? I will get a bit more bloggy once we’ve got to our first night, I promise.
WOMAN HAS BABY
And then all of a sudden I remember quite how topical this play about the events of two decades ago really is…history keeps on repeating itself, only moreso.
Jeremy Vine pointed out on Twitter the other day that there were two TV cameras present at the birth of Prince William, 71 for Prince George. The reverse angle on all those heartwarming shots of a tiny baby with its shiny new parents is vile. Beyond vile. They say people want to know. Yes. Yes we do, no really – I find our monarchy interesting, irrelevant, but it would be silly of me to say I’m not fascinated by them and the fact they exist. But it’s only a small person, we just need one photo. Leave the small person and its quite tired parents alone, you monsters. Remember how angry we got with you after Diana died? Remember how everyone liked Earl Spencer’s speech? Anyway, without wanting to exploit the small person in any way, I made a tweak to the end of the play. And obviously people are going to be interested in the play for slightly different reasons.
Wednesday night’s run was a triumph of sorts – we’re still a little shaky around the edges, in a good way, I can assure you – that right amount of roughness that means you’ll work hard to smooth it out.
As a director what I saw last night was a group of actors starting to pull it all together, I love Sarah, our Broadsheet when she starts hitting the mark – you can sneak up behind her on stage and she will know you are there and incorporate the noticing into what she’s doing…I adore watching her perform because she has that alert aliveness that makes actors so engaging to watch, the same goes for the rest of the cast, actually, I could ride an elephant across that stage now and they’d all find some way of dealing with it. (I won’t, I promise)
When actors get to that degree of performance – I laugh. I always laugh when people nail their characters, it’s my inner delight at the magic of doing good acting – or I dunno, “truth” if you want to get all Theatre Studies A’level about it. I laughed a lot on Wednesday night. And I was tired, so I’m delighted I laughed so much.
As an actor however, I draw a bit of a veil. I’ve got my work cut out, but I have two days to really concentrate on it all now.
Alas this week has coincided with a house move and some of the more wrangly production stuff. I could have done without one of the jobs, but actually I am rather pleased and it’s sort of a reward to the cast for all their hard work – even if it will arrive 3 days late, we’ll have it in time for Edinburgh.
We open on Monday! I know! It’s all very exciting. Do get your tickets as soon as possible, I know what it’s like, some of you have seen the show before, if you have, it is different, the journalists have a story now, Diana’s script is very different, we have the creepiest Martin Bashir impersonation you’ve ever seen and we do a lot more dancing. Also, and I don’t know how to reiterate this enough…GLOWSTICKS.
Ticket sales are going really well for Edinburgh, I’m not just saying that, I am delighted by them, we should have a fantastic atmosphere on our opening night there.
We’ve also got slots to perform on the Upper Stage near the Fringe Office as part of the official Fringe Street Events – so for a quick burst of 90s song, some silliness and a few bits of Shakespeare, Waleses style and some words from HM The Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales and Our Mister Blair you should wander past at the following times.
Sunday 11th August 18:10
Wednesday 14th August 18:10
Friday 16th August 17:50
Monday 19th August 17:50
Wednesday 21st August 18:10
Friday 23rd August 18:10
Every performance night we will be on the Royal Mile at around 8.30 with our special War of the Waleses glowsticks – during daylight, if you see a bunch of us in union jack t-shirts handing out the Charles and Di flyers, that’s probably us too.
Exciting secret squirrel things are starting to happen for the show. I cannot possibly tell you about them, but what with FringeReview listing us as one of the top 10 things to see at Camden Fringe…and other…stuff, it looks like War of the Waleses is going to be one to watch out for at Edinburgh, but obviously I’m biased. I’m still excited though.