There is now just one week of shows left.
Been having an amazing time up here working on these shows, and most of the acts are wonderful to work with.
Seen quite a few amazing shows in other Pleasance venues. One of the best being Translunar Paradise. It’s such a great piece of mimed theatre with sounds and music created live on stage.
Had some great staff parties/get togethers so far and several more to go.
Was so good to have my boyfriend up here for a week and got to spend some time with him and spend lots of his birthday with him too.
After a great first week up here at the Festival we are now in full swing. We arrived here on the 27th and had an introduction talk then a drink at the pub in the evening.
Remembering names isn’t my strongest point and have met so many new people. Not sure on all their names still.
The two days after that were for finishing off the venues. We started by removing hundreds of chairs from below Pleasance two’s seating.
When we got to our venue we started doing all the small bits to make the venue ready for the public and the shows.
The Tech rehearsals went very well over the next couple of days and the companies were mostly happy.
We have some great acts in our venue. With shows starting from 12:20 going right through till 00:05. There are nine shows in our venue.
Starting with a musical called “US Beef” about the US meat industry (and the general corporate world).
The next show is As You Like It. It is a good production of it set around the 1960s and has a great group of actors.
We then go into an excellent play called “Peter Panic”. It is very dark and has an excellent story. The script can also be purchased after the show for a reduced price only for the festival. The play also has one of our biggest sets.
This is followed by a one woman play called “Juana in a Million” about immigrants into the UK and their experiences. It’s a very touching story.
We have a great comedy show from The Three Englishmen called “Squares” which we operate and is extremely funny and is defiantly worth a visit to come and see it. The four of them are very funny and their sketches are superb.
Tom Deacon then does a show called “Deaconator” which is all about closure that Tom needs now he is 26 and the trouble he has completing a goal which he was unable to do in 1995.
Danielle Ward follows Tom with one of two shows depending on the day of the week. One is “Speakeasy” which is a very funny standup show. The other is a storytelling show called “Playdead” with some scary stories. Both shows are very good. I prefer “Playdead” over the standup although still find the standup excellent too.
Peacock and Gamble follows Danielle’s show. Their show “Peacock and Gamble Don’t even want to be on TV anyway” it’s all about – you guessed it – how they do not want to be on the TV. It’s a really enjoyable group of sketches to watch.
Our final show is Monkey Toast which is an improvised chat show. They have a few guests on each night with a chat show. Which after they have chatted for a bit there are a cast of about 6 improvisers who then proceed to do some improv based on the chat.
Another sunny day and myself and Shaun went to Aber Falls for a walk. It was very hot and the waterfall wasn’t nearly as wet as Shaun was expecting it to be. It was still a very nice walk and will do it again soon. Shaun did start talking to the sheep but they just stared blankly back and bleated.
Pictures are on my Facebook profile.
When we went to Liverpool for Matt’s birthday we decided to go and watch Sister Act: The Musical which was touring there at the time. We arrived at the Liverpool Empire theatre with 5 minutes to spare after a nice meal out.
I saw the show at the London Palladium when it was still on the West End and was quite impressed with it; although GHOST: The Musical is much more impressive.
In the west end the announcements for no photography and to turn off mobiles etc was done by Whoopi Goldberg. I was rather disappointed that this was not the case for the tour, although some of the jokes in this such as using a phone at the theatre is a sin were still included.
It was Shaun’s friends’ birthday on Wednesday so we drove to Liverpool, as you do. So we took him climbing. The climbing centre we visited was Awesome Walls. Matt was allowed in for free as it was his birthday. We spent a few hours there and Shaun and Matt had a fair few climbs, I was still aching from the Gorge walking so didn’t actually climb any just did some belaying. Will defiantly have to go there when I’m not aching so much.
We headed back to Matt’s and then headed out for some food before we went to the theatre to see Sister Act. Which will be in the next post.
Since I finished my exams I have stayed with my boyfriend for a few weeks and on the 22nd we took a little walk.
It was a nice sunny day that Shaun, Kelsey and myself decided to go on a trip. Up a river. A nice day for a bit of gorge walking up the Avon Ddu Gorge.
It was a nice walk in a cool river, would have been better without a pulled muscle in my back from sleeping funny the night before, but was glad I persevered.
Matthew Bourne has created a completely different take on a classic ballet piece with his individual slant. His Nutcracker, a dance of two acts, is set in a orphanage with the main protagonist a little orphaned girl named Clara. The start is a facade with a Christmas party that it just for show for some visitors. As soon as they leave all the toys and decorations are taken away. They go off to bed, and then enter a dream world. The doll that Clara received becomes human and takes them there to two dream worlds, the frozen lake and sweetie land.
This production was very well staged apart from a couple of moments when aspects of the show were able to be seen which should not have been. A couple of cloths were taken out too far and this was seen when they were taken out live with a piece of scenery and the bottom of the cloth was a good few inches from the bottom of the scenery piece.
To be finished…
Last week my boyfriend and I also paid a visit to the Hall for Cornwall for a production of the Beauty and the Beast by TAODS. Their performance of it was very good with superb set. A few flying errors especially as the one we saw was the last one of the run. Most of the cloths were bounced and one came in too far allowing the audience to see the bar and the ties, even from row M where we were sat, which then had to be taken out slightly.
A couple of lighting effects were not very well thought of and looked, for a lack of a better word, a bit naff. A way I can tell that the show was good is with what my boyfriend says about it. He said this one was ok, which by most peoples standards is good. Especially for an amateur performance, as he has seen the professional production I expected no less. If his comment was “It was interesting” then he didn’t really enjoy it.
The cast performed this show very well and all the songs were sung very well. I really enjoyed the performance and had a good time with my boyfriend watching it. Another show well done for TAODS.
Last week on Friday 6th April my boyfriend and I took a trip down to the Minack Theatre. We went there to watch a production of Titanic the Musical by the Atlantic Theatre Company. Knowing some of the cast I was able to get company seats to watch the performance. The show was absolutely great. As I am writing this they are preparing for their last performance commencing at 22:20 so that key moments of the performance occur when they happened 100 years ago.
This is only the second show I have seen at the Minack with the last one I saw I was actually operating lighting for it. I was very impressed with the show. The cast were fantastic a few wrong choices for some of the songs. I could not fault the performance other than that. The cast were great, as was the lighting and sound.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather when we went to see it with sunshine to start till it went down behind the theatre and then had a moderate temperature for the most part only getting slightly chillier for the last half an hour.
I managed to get a lot of coursework done during the day yesterday and am close to completing the LS9 coursework. The only thing that is annoying me at the moment is a cold I have which is heavily affecting my chest and making me cough and be very wheezy the last few days.
We had our last video practical yesterday as well, which was assessed. We looked at some of the possible test signals for PAL systems to see what the different signals looked like and what they are used for.
After our practical we took a trip to the Rock UK Summit Centre in Treharris. Below are the pictures that I took of them all climbing.