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Plymouth Ho!

December 10, 2018

Arrived by train on Sunday evening, having hurriedly washed clothes and packed- A few short hours at home before heading for Paddington Station.

Last night was a late night, but my goodness, it was a GREAT night! The Qdos Palladium “Snow White” was sensational, and a worthy successor to last year. It glittered, it shone. It made me cry with laughter. I wouldnt single anyone out, but Dawn French’s Panto Debut is good hands with a company of experienced performers as this!

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Great to meet up afterwards in the Parnell Bar with Nick and Sandra Thomas, and Michael Harrison- who produced this amazing show in such a short time, and Karen Bruce who has choreographed and staged some incredible Ensemble pieces.

I am not going to give anything away, as I dont want to spoil the fun for those going to see it- It has everything you’s hope for and more- Effects, spectacle , Pathos- Wonderful Gary Wilmot as Dame with a Pathos number to break your heart, and my Mate Ben Goffe heading the Magnificent Seven in Panto Style! A Great night saying Hi again to Paul Zerdin, to Nigel Havers and Julian Clary, as well as running into Elaine Paige (last year’s Queen Rat) here to size up Dawn French’s VERY Wicked Queen!

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Ben Goffe With Nigel

It was a fabulous night- Lovely to catch up with Gary Hind and hear that huge orchestra, sitting in the same row as the legend that is Alan Menkin. So that is why it was a late night!

Monday 10th December 2018. Plymouth TR2

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The View From the Rehearsal Room!

This morning we did a run through of the show at the beautiful TR2 – a purpose built complex owned by the Theatre Royal. A Huge rehearsal room, big enough to put up an entire touring set, and a massive Wardrobe Department. It is unchanged from 14 years ago, when I last rehearsed here with Brian Conley.

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We did the show to the two sets of Juveniles in the show, so they can see what they are taking part in- and it gave us a welcomed new audience for our gags and routines. “Baby Shark” can be a bit lonely without an audience of Kids!

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Lunchtime the entire company relocated (briefly) to the Theatre Royal Plymouth foyer, where their annual Christmas Staff Lunch took place. A HUGE undertaking, and a beautiful meal – so many people are involved with the theatres here- TheLyric, The Drum, The Lab- ours is in The Lyric, which seats 1,320.A great welcome from both Adrian Vinken (Chief Exec) and from Simon Stokes, (Artistic Director)

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Afternoon spent working on scenes, then I returned to TRP to check on my costumes- I tracked down the rail, The two skips, Large box and an ice cream costume, disguised as a plump duvet! I managed to get Act One opening costume and Act Two Opening costume into the dressing room, The rest will be moved into the Stage Right Quick Change area that will be built tomorrow.

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Sound check at 3.30pm and our Technical rehearsal starts at 7pm.

Everyone seems to be pleased with their various digs and flats. I am Delighted with my hotel. It really is going to be a lovely place to rest my head and raise a glass of rose during this Plymouth run!

Tomorrow I’ll be in to check on costumes and finish equipping the Dressing Room with the essentials- Mince Pies, flowers, Tea and Coffee- even though I am a few doors away from the TRP’s great backstage Green Room Cafe! I’ll report back from the Theatre Tomorrow!

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