I’ve just got back from Liverpool where Jigsy has just opened to great acclaim at the fantastic Royal Court Liverpool. The response has been incredibly exciting (and not just because thanks to the great food they serve pre-show at the tables filling the stalls).
We’ve had some reviews, summaries of which I’ll be posting later, but I thought I’d share my favourite comment so far from an audience member on Les Dennis’s performance:
“Well, he hasn’t got the Alzheimer’s has he, what with remembering that speech.”
Here are the comments from our first show report from our Stage Manager Calum Wyllie:
“Utterly adorable audience – responsive, lots of laughter, and lots of chatting back. Great atmosphere and very gentle. Audience member shouted “HOUSE!” in response to the first bingo sound cue; a couple joined in with the last few words of the “when you’re drinking” song; said “aw” on “they wouldn’t let me back – they barred me after that”; someone else shouted out “hear hear” in response to “there’s always someone worse off than you”;
But while I’m spending most of my day working on dealing with any potential problems (watch this space) that arise as we move towards opening, I’ve also been preparing my next show, which I’m pleased to announce goes on sale today. There’ll be plenty more details in the future, but for now it’s rather exciting to be working on two so exciting and so different projects.
We start rehearsals today for The Hairy Ape. It’s pretty exciting; I’m nervous despite not actually having to do anything.
Just before leaving this morning I had a quick run over everything for the first day: rehearsal room, actors, creative team are all ready to go. Here’s a little picture of our rehearsal room:
Looking over it, I’ve suddenly realised we might have a little problem. We have a cast of 9, 2 stage managers, a director, assistant director, movement director, not to mention all the others who’ll be there for the meet and greet later this morning. But it looks like we don’t have any chairs yet.
Lucky the call isn’t until 11am. Looks like I will have to do something today after all.
On Sunday comedy critic and Guardian writer Brian Logan shared some interesting thoughts about writing a bad review over on the Guardian website. I’ve previously talked about my reaction to dealing with a less than rosy reviewhere but I’d never really considered what it’s like to be the one dealing out the reviews.
I also recently discovered this website which hilariously collates awful online reviews of classic novels and films. But are theatre audiences too literate for such comments? Alas not. Even a cursory search on Whatsonstage.com provides examples from the pleasingly pedantic which seems to review the review itself:
to the casually misogynistic (I think this is an attempt at a joke but I’m not sure I quite get it)
I’m currently working with the brilliant Creature of London on our marketing strategy for The Hairy Ape. Our goal is simple: sell tickets. But we’ve been careful not to overestimate our audience – we’re not going to please absolutely everyone. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try!
In its first major London revival in 25 years, Cartwright Productions and Creature of London in association with Southwark Playhouse are proud to present Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 masterpiece THE HAIRY APE in an atmospheric and muscular new production directed by Kate Budgen.