Last night’s performance of The Just Price Of Flowers at Latitudewas widely acknowledged within the company as one of the weirder gigs we’ve been involved in. A stripped down version of the set was thrown up, five lighting states pulled together from the tent’s standard rig, everyone hurriedly fitted with radio mics and away we go. (more…)
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We’re wiring Jill’s accordion for wireless sound as we’re worried about sound in the theatre tent at latitude. I’m also very concerned that we get the lights looking ok and that 75 minutes get in us enough. As first act on in the theatre tent on the first day of the festival I’m also worried no one will be watching. I’ll be glad when it’s tomorrow.
For those not at Latitude and missing finance based entertainment the Ch4 program tonight at 9pm Bank of Dave looks great.
The two preview performance for The Just Price of flowers have been very well attended and very well received. My favourite comment so far was a woman, late in the show, berating her fellow audience members, ‘don’t laugh, it’s not actually funny’. Normally this would be crushing but when the subject is huge financial bailouts for the banks she does have a point.
So ends the first week working with Birmingham Repertory Theatre reviving The Just Price Of Flowers. It’s been very peculiar, mostly for being very relaxed. Things are physically comfortable, we’ve got time, the show’s shaping up well and posters are starting to crop up around the city, some are larger than others.
Today I was privileged to meet the photographer John Blakemore in the photography department of Birmingham Central Library. He is a charming and engaging man who also happens to have spent upward of ten years of his life photographing tulips. It was fascinating to watch him with the expert library staff searching out particular photographs in his archives and, from his comments, gain some insight into how he works and what his interests are. Hopefully we will be seeing and hearing more from John in a few months time.
As an extraordinarily weak joke I was going to state that the photograph here is not one of John’s, but it’s so ridiculously far from looking like any of his photographs that it would be insulting to even make the joke – it’s in colour for a start.
Here’s a link to Terry Grimley’s online review of The Just Price Of Flowers in The Birmingham Post.
The third and final performance of The Just Price Of Flowers was the best so far and the audience the largest. Though slow to get going this performance really picked up and thunderous applause and discussions after the show suggests it was much appreciated.
The question now is what happens to the show. It was made fast with no thought to onward exploitation, but it feels a waste to leave it there.
I wasn’t born to run a box-office and hadn’t prepared myself for the task. The simple and obvious thing to do would have been to print out as many programs as there are seats in the theatre, give one to each person who arrives, when you’ve run out of programs you’ve run out of seats, did I do that? No.
Instead, I attempted to mark on a sheet of paper a tally of people arriving, tick off people picking up tickets from our (largely successful) on-line ticket sales. People came in bursts, I ended up chatting. People paid in advance for people who arrived later. Rapidly I lost a grip on the numbers and as a result, people ended up grabbing chairs from the bar and squeezing themselves in at the side of the packed main seating bank.
It was great to see so people turning up in the chilly night to see the Just Price of Flowers. Same again tomorrow please.