With Black Comedy already over we are already working on the next play, due for performance at the end of April. That will be Alan Ayckbourn‘s wonderful Neighbourhood Watch and details are already available on our Up Next page (oh, and its never too early to book if you want to reserve the best seats now).
Meanwhile, watch out for our Black Comedy report and our gallery of photos in our next post in a few days time.
So last night was First Night for Black Comedy and what an excellent night it was too. Two nights to go and seats are still available for Saturday if you know of anyone who needs a good laugh.
From the actor’s perspective First Night is a journey of discovery. Whilst professionals usually have the advantage of preview nights to test and refine with an audience we face an audience for the first time not really knowing what the reactions will be. Will they laugh at that line, that move? And it works the other way too, during the performance you can find people laughing at lines or actions that you never realised were funny.
So First Night requires not just a case of settling those nerves but also managing the unexpected, unanticipated reactions of the audience and working with it. But beware. Every audience is different so whilst lessons learned from the first night can be used to anticipate and enhance the performance don’t be surprised if the laughs come in different places.
But that is what makes live theatre so rewarding – it is a communication with the audience, a two-way interaction – not just for the actors but for the audience too.
Usually in December we perform a carol singing evening locally to raise money for charity. We were unable to do it this year so members filled the charity box themselves. This year we raised money for SUDEP Action, (sudden unexpected death from epilepsy), a charity which has particular meaning for one of our members. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our few Petuaria Players we raised as much money as we do from the public. Thanks to all those who contributed.
The money raised has been passed to Steve’s brother, Keith, who has collected from friends, family and associates, including a cold dip in the North Sea on Boxing Day and is now sending the entire proceeds to SUDEP Action. The Players received the following note of thanks today;
Steve rang us last night while they were skiving inTenerife!! We would like to thank you all for your very kind donation to our son, Jamie’s, charity SUDEP (sudden death in epilepsy). We are very grateful for these donations as it is a relatively new charity and we understand that 3 people a day die of this in the UK alone, so we want to help with research in this field to stop these deaths from happening. In total, so far, since Jamie died in August 2015, we have raised over £1,600. So thank you, once again. Best regards, Keith and Judy Howland xx