First day on the road: Armed with a van packed with set, snacks and enthusiasm we chugged up to Durham's Gala theatre. What a lovely theatre! The space overlooked a magnificent view of the city and countryside beyond. Such a treat to perform in picturesque surroundings and the people of Durham are a cracking bunch. We did three shows on the trot and were met with small but very receptive audiences. At one point all of the children clambered onto the stage; far too intrigued by the plant puppet to stay seated! It was nearly carnage and we were going to have to bat them away with brooms, until better judgement prevailed and we saw what fun they were having. This is exactly the kind of interaction the show encourages and we were pleased the parents allowed them the freedom. They seemed to really enjoy the playtime afterwards and a few of them offered us sweeties...high praise indeed!
"It is good to have an end to journey towards but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula K. LeGuin. You're welcome guys. I'm not sure if Ali (stage manager and van driver) shared the sentiment. It was mammoth drive there and back to a Groove Armada soundtrack and little navigational help from the back of the van.. good old Ali. She also introduced us to the BEST SERVICE STATION EVER on the M5. It's a destination spot guys. Another memorable extract from the trip was the B&B's resident dog, Charlie. He was a smidgen pongy and completely blind. Moving the hazardous object was the order of the day as he would shuffle around, occasionally bumping into wardrobes. Bless him.
That's all folks. Oodles of love from Hebe.