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.