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Social Distance-busting plan…

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, June 02, 2020 12:40:06

Once public indoor gatherings are allowed again, there will be specific problems for village hall and small venue organisers. Will people want to be crammed into small spaces? How can you keep your audience at a reasonable distance from other people, so they can relax and be entertained safely?

So here’s my cunning plan….

You book two performances of my show on the same day. You split your audience – some will prefer an afternoon show, some will choose the evening. You make sure that you only sell tickets in advance, so you can control the numbers. This way, you can spread out the chairs.

Having two shows is only very slightly more expensive than having one – so it won’t break the bank – and all the advance organisational hassle will remain largely the same (although it will be a long day for your volunteers). There will obviously be all sorts of issues about people arriving, using the toilets, queuing for cups of tea and so on. But if you keep the numbers down so there is plenty of room, all these issues should be soluble.

My one-hour shows do not have intervals, so you will only have to get people seated at the beginning – no half-time hassles.

So it may be possible to get some live entertainment back to your village hall soon…

Contact me if you want to talk through the possibilities. We are all going to have to be flexible and inventive if we want to keep theatre alive!

See you in 2021?



SHUT DOWN FOR THE PRESENT

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, March 17, 2020 11:32:17

Well, what a surprising situation we find ourselves in. As from yesterday, 16th March, the Government’s advice is to avoid “unnecessary gatherings”, so live theatre has been shut down. I was due to travel up to North Yorkshire today, for a batch of five shows. There have been a number of phone calls and emails over the past week with the village hall organisers, and four out of the five were all set to continue with the show…until yesterday’s announcement. One village hall was already wavering. Luckily for us all, the final decision to cancel at the last minute was taken by the rural arts scheme under whose banner four out of the five shows were being performed. And they had no choice but to cancel, once the Government made its pronouncement.

So…huge apologies to everyone who was going to come and see the shows in Yorkshire, and also the cancelled shows in Denbigh and Grassington. And huge commiserations to the organisers who have now got to try to contact audience members, return tickets, and sort everything out. I do hope we can all have another go when everything has calmed down.

These are strange times for performers….as well as many, many other people whose jobs have suddenly disappeared for an unknown length of time. I am lucky, as I am not the only bread-winner in my household. My heart goes out to all those people who are wondering how on earth they are going to pay the bills over the next few weeks.

I now have an unexpected block of time on my hands….and can get the final (I hope) draft of my new play sorted out. No “I don’t have time” excuses left!

See you all on the other side of this virus……best of luck to us all!



A NEW SHOW…HOPEFULLY!

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, November 02, 2019 14:09:22

Preparations for a new show are underway…research is more or less completed, and a first draft will be written during November. With the working title “GLOWING BRIGHT”, it will tell the extraordinary story of Marie Curie. There are two problems to overcome; the first is how to cram such an eventful life into an hour-and-a-bit show. And the second is how to get across exactly what she and Pierre Curie did. It’s physics! And chemistry! It’s hard stuff! I have had a crash-course in the basics from a proper physicist, who very kindly used simple words and lots of drawings. Now all I have to do is write an entertaining and intelligible play….