As that jolly roundabout Rosie once said, this week has been a magical, musical merry-go-round of rehearsals, theatre visits and even champagne with an actual factual knight of the realm. Which has all left me slightly weary and more than a little bleary eyed - those tactless few might say ‘hagged’ - but nonetheless totally inspired and revved up for the autumn.
Having rehearsed Relish for 3 weeks, due to my evening show schedule Tuesday night was the first time I’d seen a full run of the show, let alone with full production and an audience; a celebrity audience that night too. And what an absolute treat it was. I have to confess I was a little anxious about working on a project and then vanishing into thin air as it continued to play without being able to see it settle in and develop with an audience but any concerns were blown far away at the Gala performance this week.
I can honestly say I have never been so proud of a cast I’ve worked with. It’s incredible to see a show change in such a short space of time, not to mention seeing things you’ve never seen before in a script you’ve known for over a year. It was also a real privilege to have Sir Ian McKellen on hosting duties. Together, he and Paul Roseby gave great speeches, really hammering home how vital a company like the National Youth Theatre is, and how in current times we need people’s support more than ever. Here, here I say and I hope all those involved in our 2010 season will be going away with fond memories of their involvement and look forward to coming back next year.