Doug arrived in Brighton last week on Monday the 8th May and I joined him on the Tuesday. We spent the day seeing the sights and dispersing our flyers throughout the city and took in a few shows at the Warren! Our performance space was lovely- it was actually 3 shipping containers stuck together but once inside you were transported to a lovely black box studio theatre. As the days progressed and the performance date neared we tried to keep our cool ! Kathryn joined us on the day of our first performance and after an afternoon tech rehearsal we were ready to go for it ! We had a moderately sized audience and the show seemed to go well. I was critical of myself (name an actor who isn't) but overall we had positive feedback from those we spoke to afterwards- one of which was the Artistic Director at SoHo Theatre New York!
Friday came and the clouds had come out in force, the rain had begun and our venue had succumbed to the weather! The seal in the shipping containers was not weather proof and the lights were completely ruined by the rain... as you can imagine one stressed out tech team. We remained positive though- A little bit of rain wasn't going to dampen our mood. The tech team were incredibly helpful and were able to sort out some lights for the show and in the words of wonderful Freddie the show did indeed go on.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) we only had 1 pre-sold ticket on the Friday however we were able to rally up some more audience and ended up with another positive crowd despite the limited lighting!
Saturday came and we checked box office for sales ! 24 pre-sold tickets... what a fantastic feeling! By the time the show came round we ended up with even more than that! We had some fabulous comments from audience and carried the positive vibes right though to the last performance on Sunday. Whilst we found Brighton a tougher festival to crack than Edinburgh the feedback we got was amazing. Here are some of our audience comments:
‘Excellent! Very moving- really enjoyed it’
‘Brilliant, harrowing, mysterious. Good use of lighting and background sound effects’
‘Amazing. Very thought provoking and mesmerising. Fantastic, compelling, incredible acting’
‘Wonderful- both script and performance. Such a trenchant, powerful story about demonization, media and motherhood’
‘Very moving performance! Spine tingling, extremely well written and thought provoking story line. Superb acting’
‘An enthralling production. Mesmerising storytelling and acting. I will be thinking about this production long after it has finished’
‘Absolutely brilliant. Very talented actress who I’d like to see more of '
‘The set was clever as only a chair and the mother ensured the audience focused solely on her. Acting was phenomenal script included specific inner thoughts and scenes were well thought out. Each scene had a specific purpose. Intriguing topic, deserves more attention. A perspective rarely given the limelight so interesting to see.’
‘Maisie Barlow, Brilliant enthralling performance. Well done Maisie It didn’t disappoint and I had high hopes of what this show would be like i.e. Tilda Swinton after 'We need to talk about Kevin.'
We not only had some lovely feedback but after our last show we met with a lovely audience member called Carla Power who is currently writing a book and wanted to ask us some questions about the show. We sat and drank Pimms and answered the questions she had for us and wish her every success for the book. We think it sounds amazing !
Overall Brighton was a quick blast for us but it's re-affirmed that we have a great show on our hands and are looking forward to what the future has in store ! Next stop Leicester and Oxford !!!