We are now in Basingstoke. The set is in, the majority of props are in, actors are in- it is all starting to pick up pace. The actors have spent the last two days rehearsing somewhere up the top of this maze of a theatre whilst we have been getting the set in and sorting out all things technical.
Tomorrow afternoon the actors move onto the stage and begin working things out for themselves- this takes time and effort as for the past few weeks they have been rehearsing in a small room with substitute props and set. Now they get to use the real stuff. It's a massive moment for everyone.
Props are still arriving by post or being found in the many weird and wonderful shops that make up Basingstoke. The amount of charity shops in this town is, quite frankly, unbelievable. Zac (our Company Stage Manager) has never been happier.
The Wireless has to be the prize prop at the moment and rightly so. Marconi, as it is affectionately named by the Mundy sisters, sits on the dresser in all its glory and really does look fantastic. It plays a crucial part and in many ways a lot of what happens during the show is punctuated by its occasional spurts of white noise or Irish jaunts.
If this blog seems a little scatty, it is because I am tired. I apologise to all and can only say that for the next two weeks, it ain't gonna get any better! H