Well, working for Next Page Productions has been a huge delight. Great fun. We have worked very hard whilst laughing along the way. One more week of rehearsals with this great cast and team and we have our first night in Oldham on April 6th. Then it’s onto Bedford, Bedworth, Leicester, Bromsgrove, St Albans, Northampton and Henley-On-Thames. More bookings are coming in for July too. Caroline Nash who runs Next Page Productions has done a wonderful job as producer as well as playing Joan in “ Simply Joan”. Steve Dimmer has worked hard on the scripts, honing them in rehearsals as we have worked through them. He is playing Sid. Both are amazing and I’ve loved working with them. It’s been a glorious process. Alongside the actors there’s been a wonderful Stage Manager too - Tabitha Sylvester-Kilroy who has Just graduated from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a BA (1st class) in Stage Management. Wow!
Touring a show to different venues with their different shaped stages and technical resources requires keeping things simple. The company will often only have a couple of hours to “get in” with any set and furniture and then there’s the lighting rig. It’s full on and then it’s performance time. Often it’s only for one night so straight away the show has to be de-rigged and packed away ready to move to the next venue. Hard work by anyone’s standards. Then there’s the marketing and trying to sell tickets in places we don’t know so well. More hard work which is getting even harder it seems. It’s all worth it when we see a packed audience though. Nothing quite like that excitement of entertaining a keen audience and hearing them laugh and also pulling at their heart strings. You’ll get both in this show. The plays are enormously funny and poignant. You will laugh uproariously and you may well shed a tear, but that’s what the best theatre does. It tugs at our emotions.
So don’t miss these two fabulous plays under the banner of Funny Faces – “Simply Joan” and “Wot Sid Did”.
You can book tickets here
See you there!