It was one of those evenings when everything seemed to line up just right.
The actors gave a fantastic performance and the energy in the theatre was genuinely electric.
Once Anna and I had given our totally-off-the-cuff-only-practised-80-times-backstage, opening speech, and taken our seats, I'm not sure I breathed for the next 2 hours (which made for some interesting interval-chats). The play was totally out of our hands at that point. But luckily it was firmly in the palm of a brilliant cast:
|Gabriella Schmidt - Frankie/Young Gilly|
|Emily Spetch - Maya/Liz|
|Moir Leslie - Gilly|
|Gilly Daniels - Elsie|
And the thing which really allowed them to deliver, was the audience. At almost 300 strong*, and with just the right amount of booze inside them, they were a bit of a godsend. Of course the script still has to be tweaked and there is feedback to be taken on-board, but on the whole the audience really seemed to be taken in by the story, which was an incredible feeling. Plus they laughed in all the right places, which is always a nice immediate way of being able to tell that your audience is with you!
|*Please note this is a rehearsal shot!|
What feeling of accomplishment after a year of intense but massively rewarding work. There are still parts of the script to be tweaked, and Anna and I are aware that the next thing to do is to get a fresh pair of eyes on the piece and work with a director who can really lift it off the page and realise the play through action. That said it was heartening to hear that people already felt transported by the script and the actors' telling of the story.
|Photographs (c) Amy Griffin|
|Three generations of the same family at the Greenwich reading|
Until then, here is some of the audience feedback from Greenwich (and I promise I haven't just creamed off the good stuff!):
What do you think of the play title Three Generations of Women?
What so you feel worked well and what was less successful?
Any other comments?
I particularly liked how patterns of behaviour are passed on through the generations, consciously and unconsciously.