Saturday, 7 April 2012

Moby Dick - The Maiden Voyage

Well.  What a very good Good Friday it is today.

And that was it.  Our first week out there, sharing our adventure aboard the Pequod with the great and the good public.  It has been an exhausting week. Multiple 16 hour days to transform the Bierkeller Theatre from nightclub into 19th century whaling ship (Sunday & a chunk of Monday), to rehearse all the technical aspects of the show (Monday and a chunk of Tuesday), to undertake the first full run of the show and dress rehearsal (Tuesday), to open our doors to welcome aboard our first audience (Tuesday) and then the press (Wednesday).  We rounded off our last show of the first week (Thursday) with a few fizzy lemonades & some homebaked whale[1] cake (by director Anna Girvan, is there no end to her list of talents?) to celebrate the birthday of our rather marvellous ASM (Pepz Cannell) and today we performed a mini get out to enable the Bierkeller to fulfil its other important function of being Bristol’s darkest and heaviest nightclub on a Friday and Saturday night.  Busy?  Yeah, you could say that.

BUT, what an awesome week!  The hard work of the weeks of rehearsal, prop and costume sourcing & making, in addition to the very physical slog of get ins and outs have really paid off.  The production has received great reviews (links below) and has been well appreciated by the audiences who have been fortunate enough to partake in the voyage thus far.  We’ve received nods of approval from our producer/writers and, well, yes, I’ll admit it, we’ve really rather loved getting the old girl launched and isn’t that really the magic fairy dust of theatre?  That a bunch of crazies get together and enthuse about making something happen and then work their proverbials off until, there you go, a show, an invitation to another world for a couple of hours is created.  Yes. It’s all a bit emotional.  There really hasn’t been enough sleep this week.  You’ll get more sense out of me next week. Possibly.

Well, we’re all off now, for some well earned shore leave.  We should probably save the celebratory babysham-and-brandy and fat-cigars-all-round levels of excess to the end of our run (which is an unthinkable amount of time away yet, thankfully) but a wee measure of grog is surely to be enjoyed by all before we board and relaunch the show again on Sunday evening.  

All that’s left to do is wish you all a very happy Easter/long weekend from DarkStuff Production and the Dickatrons…

[1] NB No actual whales were harmed during the baking of this cake.

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