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.

The next day we headed back to Farnham where we stayed for three days – yippee! Bruce gleefully welcomed us as we walked through the glass doors of the foyer. Bruce is the Maltings’ cat – ginger, delicate and quite old. Like people, Bruce sometimes needs his space and alone time but he’s always a lovely, welcoming sight to see.


The illustrious Bruce

And let’s not forget the theatre Maltings’ team.  I won’t mention any names so as not to cause them any embarrassment, but there are a lot of people who make our show happen.  Hidden but certainly not forgotten, they make sure we are supported on the road, fed watered and are happy.  So a big thank you to our silent heroes!

Performing back at Farnham Maltings was really thrilling.  All shows were sold out and we had great audiences for each one. It was at this point that most of the company started to feel ill.  By Saturday night I certainly felt like my voice was sore.   Worried that the flu was creeping in, I stocked up on plenty of lemsip.

Our last show of the week was in Haslemere. Not a new venue for the company but has recently undergone refurbishment.  The promotor was so lovely and made our dinner – always a treat to have especially when it’s hot food.

It was an interesting pre-show to say the least. I painfully hit my head on one of the arms of a chair backstage: I was bending down in the dark to put my shoes on during one of my quick changes when I bumped my head. The bang was so hard that it knocked me to the floor. Ouch! David and Silki got me some ice and that took the edge off.

The show went down very well and everyone was really helpful – so a great way to end the week.  Even with a lump on my head!

So that’s it for now.  I’ll be back blogging on 08 January.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all! X

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