Today, I went to the theatre and watched a play. It was pretty good.
Which is to say that this afternoon, we ran H&M in its entirety for the very first time. Whilst there were still a few stumbles and plenty of prompts, the hard work of the last few weeks came together to form a complete whole.
We'd intended to combine our only afternoon rehearsal with a BBQ, but England's drizzle decided otherwise. And in a way I was glad to miss out on sausages and retreat to the theatre bar because, due to space constraints this week, the first runthrough wouldn't have otherwise happened until Thursday.
With Sue and TLPA away (she was searching for wedding cakes in Newcastle and Durham - truly the Princess of Madeira), I got to play Anna - and enjoyed it rather too much.
On a personal level, it was great to see the whole play performed for the first time, albeit in a rehearsal. There seemed a definite cohesion as we moved from scene-to-scene and from Act to Act. And there was a real sense of purpose to everyone's efforts as if we had collectively realised that now is the right time to introduce a little more discipline and concentrate on acting rather than blocking or props.
With the 'logistics' in place, the acting is what it's all about. And there's very little I can do except observe and offer feedback. It's all about the cast now - it's up to them to explore the framework we've created and make this thing shine.
It's going to be great to watch that as well...