And we’re off! After slightly less than three weeks devising and rehearsing (playing, singing dancing and general silliness) we are ready.
I have to say it’s bitter sweet as we take this next step. Incredibly exciting to take to the stage and tell our story to thousands of children all over the country. However it is a little sad to not be taken the whole team with us - Harriet, De Winton (Designer), Sarah Moody (Music Director), Anna Croxson (Movement Director) , Mark Parrett (Puppet Director) and of course the captain of the ship Director Heidi Vaughan. Without meaning to have a theatrical lovey gush, it really has been a true pleasure to work these wonderful and creative folk and we will miss them when we’re on our Gorilla travels. I also must do a shout out to the gorgeous Arthur, who provided a constant beam of light from the corner of the room even on the most tired and rainy days during rehearsals.
I am particularly chuffed to opening at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre. As the only member of the cast who is Bristol born and bred it feels all the more significant. I did my first professional production in The Old Vic Studio when I was I have worked there on and off over the years, whether it’s been running workshops, serving coffee, performing in scratch nights or tearing the tickets! I can’t see a better venue to start our journey. The building has so much history both personally and for Bristol and it's always a privileged to be in it. Bring it on!