And so ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is done, a warm memory fading into the distance, and we wait now until June 24th to see how it performed in the Bromley Theatre Guild Annual Festival.
Of course, that is a secondary concern and of much more importance was how it went down with our own audiences. And, as said in my previous post, those audiences could not have been more warm, supportive and encouraging. Testament to that was in the number of people, many Matchbox stalwarts but some newcomers, who remained to hear the adjudication after the curtain came down on Saturday. But just as much, it came from the interaction, liveliness and laughter which characterised all three sell out nights.
It has become a regular thing to hear ‘It was the best thing you have ever done’ from at least one viewer after a show (which means that either we as a group are getting better with age or that theatre is a subjective experience – there’s that blog idea again!). But whether better, best or not, it is clear that it was enjoyed by the majority, and that really has to be one of the key purposes behind doing what we do- for us to enjoy it (difficult as that may seem to believe during some of the many fraught moments that go on behind the scenes) and, as importantly in my opinion, for the audience to enjoy it. The many positive comments that I have received in my Inbox or anecdotally is testament to the fact that many did.
And so, we wait until June 24th. The wheels are already turning on our summer production and more of that anon, but for now, thank you all who watched and who were involved in what, for me, will be a memorable production (our 99th if the countdown in the back of the programme -and my counting- is to believed, though it is an inexact science!). One which also welcomed many new faces to the group: Paul Ackroyd, Charis Anne Mostert, Chris Raven and, in her theatrical debut, Katy Showell. I know many genuinely hope that we will see them again at St. Francis’ in the very near future.
And, to round off, a clutch of marvellous photos from Karen Warner that give a true flavour of the show that was ‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’
Be well and a very Happy Easter to all