A dark and blustery night...
July 29, 2014
On a dark and blustery night, a storm roared throughout the UK, sending booming thunder and numerous bolts of lightning across the land.
Six hours beforehand, the Gloucestershire Youth Players began their run of The Tempest.
I can only see causation between these two events. Sorry everyone.
The irony was incredible, but unfortunately as our performances are based outside, the enjoyment of the irony was partially replaced with concerns over the damp ground. When you have to perform a two-hour show in bare feet, trudging through muddy grass did not seem like a good prospect.
We had completed five performances, and we were only forced inside for two of them, which isn't too bad in the grand scheme of things. Regardless of the change of venue, our inside performances went really well, especially as the thunder bellowed outside. We didn't even need our synthesised sound effects for that one.
Although we haven't had any more children try and join in with our show over the past few days, we did have a rather friendly cat wander into the 'You are three men of sin' scene, which was utterly brilliant. An adorable feline prancing across the grass as our Ariels attempted to frighten the life out of the lords had the rest of the cast screwing their faces up in a lousy attempt not to laugh.
In GYP we have our own saying, a call to arms if you will, that we use at the end of every rehearsal and before every show. It's our motivator, our energiser and a sign of solidarity in our GYP family.
So here we go, a few days before our Stratford shows: GYP HO!
'I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last, I fear me, will never out of my bones' – Trinculo, The Tempest
by Amy Young
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