It’s A Wonderful Life blog – Natalia Campbell

Hello All! It’s Natalia here, reporting for duty on another week of the It’s a Wonderful Life tour.

You’ll be glad to hear that this week has been a bit calmer on the tour front, as we performed mostly at home (aka Farnham Maltings). After having a lovely two days off we were back in Farnham, all of us well rested and very much ready for the next week.

Now then, I must apologise to you lovely readers as I haven’t yet introduced the rest of the company:
We have Jack Reid, who is playing George Bailey, Mick Strobel, David Matthews and of course, Silki Morrison – our Stage Manager who looks after us with the patience of a Saint.

So this week we kicked off in St. Leonards near Hastings. It’s quite a long drive from Farnham. There was a terrible accident on the way up which unfortunately made us quite late for the get-in. The venue is a new space for the company; and a new venture for the promoters too.

The venue was a bit kooky in the sense that the space had previously been a large garage. Remodelled, it now works as an incredible playing space. The distinctiveness of the space created a very unique playing area which included a bar and a much lower ceiling. Unfortunately, we had to sacrifice one of our lamps from the show and re-block one part due to the specific layout of the venue. On the bright side, the space made for a very intimate atmosphere for the audience, capturing a whole new level of closeness that added a special dynamic to the show.
We stayed local, and by the time we left there was a strong wind blowing through the streets. We were staying right on the sea front where we were able to enjoy the relaxing sounds of crashing waves.

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It’s A Wonderful Life blog – Natalia Campbell

Here I am, Natalia Campbell reporting for duty.

Well, what a first week on tour.  Talk about hitting the ground running!

The time we spent at Farnham Maltings rehearsing was a real pleasure – straight forward, easy and fun.  After building the set and it fitting neatly into the space, we were able to get on with developing the piece without any technical glitches slowing us down.  We also had the good fortune of performing our dress rehearsal in front of the UCA Acting and Performance students, who were a terrific first audience and provided invaluable feedback.

Our tour consists mainly of one night performances – meaning we have to do a get in and a get out at every venue, and rest our weary heads at different hotels each night.   The majority of venues we are performing in are village halls and a few art spaces.  The real magic of the show comes from the fact that we are performing a show about a small community within a setting of a real small community; exposing the effects of one person’s actions upon his/her community.  The whole show acts as a virtual mirror for the audience, which makes for very shiny eyes at the curtain call.

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It’s A Wonderful Life blog – Natalia Campbell

Over the coming weeks, Natalia Campbell – who is currently playing multiple roles in our rural tour of It’s a Wonderful Life will be keeping a blog of her time on the road.
Natalia and the company will visit over 40 rural communities around the country giving audiences a chance to experience an intimate staging of this much loved story.
For more information on Natalia, please visit nataliacampbell.com or follow her on twitter @tallycampbell1

Hello, and welcome to my It’s a Wonderful Life blog!
My name is Natalia.

Every week, I will be telling the tale of our It’s a Wonderful Life on the road up and down the country.
Below is a picture of the company just before the beginner’s call on our opening night at Cranleigh Arts Centre:

Cast
From left to right: Me, David Matthews, Mick Strobel and Jack Reid

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