Well Hello from Bonnie Scotland! *puts down can of Irn Bru and battered Mars bar, and hushes to bag piper playing outside*
I have indeed been walking, flying, driving well over 500 miles during the past few weekends. The tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been playing to brilliant Scottish audiences and I too have been flying high with trips back and forth to Swansea and Edinburgh, London and Glasgow mixing on stage work with rehearsals and rewrites of our forthcoming pantomime Aladdin which will open in Bluestone Resort Wales next week (Yikes!) and planning the next month of Dick Whittington rehearsals and promotion.
Mark and I are now full steam ahead in Panto-land in especially in working towards the opening night of Dick Whittington 2016 and ensuring that each Venue that we are visiting is fully prepared for a right royal knees up in this fun-filled, Christmas treat! This has meant that a lot of the usual Scottish sight seeing has had to be missed on this occasion and instead I have been spending my mornings before matinees chatting scripts and Panto jokes with my cast mates. There are many perks of working with 2 comedians and Jason Manford and Phil Jupitus who play Caratacus Potts and Baron Bomburst are no exception! Their quick wit and brilliant ideas always have me in fits of giggles (some jokes not entirely appropriate for Pantomime and a family audience) but being able to listen and work with them both is hugely inspiring.
I can’t believe that its been 12 months since the start of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where my 2015 October and November as a newly married woman was spent talking spinning wheels and sleeping princesses whilst learning how to play a toot sweet and handle a Bamboo stick! It feels like only yesterday since the curtains were falling on the final performance of Sleeping Beauty, the Pantomime which swept across Carmarthen and Penyrheol. Its been a whirlwind of 12 months, accumulating 2 more Pantomime venues for JP alongside working on another fantastic UK Tour.
The past few weeks juggling emails, step ball changes, phone calls, and wig and costume changes has involved ensuring that each of the Lyric Theatre Carmarthen, Penyrheol Theatre Swansea, Theatr Brycheiniog and Princess Royal Theatre Port Talbot have undergone their annual Christmas makeovers and are now beaming with the new Dick Whittington posters and leaflets which are gleaming with GOLD! We have over 500,000 brand new, glossy leaflets and posters available all over South Wales, all promoting this year’s purr-fect, family friendly Pantomime!
Next on the agenda was organising a host of School visits, and Storytime sessions in the local libraries as well getting involved with Swansea based radio station The Wave’ s “Quids for Kids” appeal.
Today the JP team are split, Mark is in the final week of rehearsals with our wonderful Aladdin Cast, others from our team are out and about in full Dick Whittington Panto costume visiting the brilliant Carmarthenshire libraries down in Ammanford, Carmarthen and Llanelli giving children and families a Half Term treat and I am in the office catching up on all group bookings that we have lined up, as well as putting our technical and special effects plans in place…. Show me the pyro flashes and glitter drops!
Looking forward to letting you know how the next few hectic weeks go… our Halloween Event this weekend in Swansea is going to be freak-ishly fun and a devilish delight for all pupils of the Halloween Ghoul School as well as the tech and opening of Aladdin in West Wales.
Catch up soon!