Well that was the dress rehearsal and, I gotta say, ‘Brush up your Shakespeare’ is gonna be a stonkin’ good show. If you are a ‘friend’ of mine or follower of the Matchbox on Facebook you might have caught some slightly unfocussed, solarised images taken by phone from my privileged position behind the sound desk, but these only begin to capture the flavour of the experience in store. I have already made clear that the evening is made up of an eclectic collection of extracts, songs and sketches but only through watching the whole come together, as I did last night, did it become clear just what a punchy and varied evening it is set to be and one which will stir the intellectual as well as the emotional. There is laughter aplenty but also moments of pathos, a little gentle eye watering was on show yesterday, and for some even a chance to embrace the dark and frightening sides of life. Rest assured though that this is about a good night out, and as Will himself says via Caliban in ‘The Tempest;:
“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not”
We, therefore, hope our audiences will be given more than ample delight during their two hour or so stay on our ‘isle’. Time will tell but I have a good feeling about this one.
That’s it then, show time. I will keep my next little dose of nostalgia in check for a few days until it’s curtain down and hopefully be back with a postscript after the weekend. in the meantime take care all and I hope to see you sometime over the next three days.