Just over a month ago, an invite landed in my inbox to attend the London preview of An Act Of Kindness*. It was due to hit the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of weeks later, but due to being on holiday I was unable to make it. Not to worry though, as on Wednesday I found myself in Edinburgh and able to see it a month after I originally should of done!
Something that Jack and his family have told me about on numerous occasions is Play In The Park, part of the Dukes Walkabout Theatre in Lancaster. Last summer I went to see their production of The Hobbit with Jack and his sister, and on Friday we headed back to Williamson Park to see this year’s summer production: Treasure Island.
Everyone in the theatre community knows the name Audra McDonald. She has won a record breaking 6 Tony Awards (being the only person to ever win in all four acting categories) and has finally made her way across the Atlantic to make her West End debut. This debut was due to take place last year but due to falling pregnant, her tony-winning performance as Billie Holiday was postponed to 2017. Now on a limited run at Wyndham’s Theatre, McDonald has brought her voice and acting talents to London in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill, and I just had to make sure I got the chance to see her perform in person.
One of my summer goals was to see four shows. I’m three weeks into my seven week break, and I’ve now seen three shows so I’m pretty chuffed with my work. I also have three more scheduled, although I probably won’t manage any more than that (although I will definitely try). I’m talking about the shows I’ve seen all out of order though, as I want to share my opinions on the shows that are closing the soonest first. This means that first up is the most recent show that I’ve seen: Yank! A WWII Love Story at The Charing Cross Theatre.
Two weeks ago I was invited to see Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour. Not only did I get to see the show, but I was invited backstage to interview the cast afterwards. I love knowing the processes behind theatre performances, so I jumped at the chance. This was the first interview I’ve ever conducted, so I was very nervous but the company were lovely and put me right at ease. Hopefully you gain as much from this interview as I did from leading it!