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Thursday 17th: The Empire

December 18, 2015


The last of Eleven shows this week, and the final early shows. As from Saturday no more 10.30am and 2pm shows- we’ve played to something like 13,000 children from schools this week!

I think I do something like 192 costume changes a week. By the second show today it felt like it! Shows went very well indeed, and I will miss the sound of the schools arriving in their droves and being turnede into a huge choral mass by the amazing Steward front of house!


Ysgol Gogarth Teaching Staff

Here’s a picture from yesterday when Ysgol (School that is in Welsh!) Gogarth came to visit me on stage!

After the second show we had about three hours to relax before our evening out at the gorgeous Empire Hotel for a company meal. Four courses and fresh veg! Cheese boards, lamb shanks, roast chicken.. cheescakes.. as you can imagine this evening out was much appreciated after a hard week’s work.


We arrived at seven o’clock and left around 11pm after experiencing some beautiful food and being well looked after by Elys and everyone at this splendid Hotel.

Tomorrow is a day off, before we begin a round of Twelve Shows at the later times of 1pm and 5pm. Saturday is 2.15pm and 7.15pm, so it helps to keep a handbill about the person to check when you need to arrive at the Theatre!

008We’ve had some excellent photographs taken by Paul Sampson on our Dress rehearsal, and hoping to get some more show pics shortly, especially Act One. In the meantime I’ve been getting Irene and Gwen to take shots as soon as we’ve done a change, so you can see a bit more of Nanny Myfanwy. She’s very poor as you can tell, but she gets by!

I will be back at the Empire tomorrow (Friday) to meet up with the very lovely Christine Pritchard. Chris and I did a Welsh Panto forty years ago- it was based on the legend of a Lady Pirate from Anglesea called “Madam Wen”, or Mrs White if you like! We swash-buckled around Wales from the Cardiff Sherman Theatre to Harlech and Carmarthen and all places North and South. I haven’t met up with Christine since 1992! She is one of Wales’s busiest acresses, and looking forward to this meeting over Bara Brith and scones!


So the Empire was a joy, and sad John Evans isn’t around to join in the fun, but he has a long trip home each day to Liverpool, but we raise a glass or two!


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