Lilly and I took the show to Camden People's Theatre in London for three nights and loved it. Thank you to Rachel, our technician who gave us technical support. We are in the process of tweaking the show here and there and having three nights on the trot gave us a chance to play and examine the content. We have written a few new songs but are yet to add them in. One of the songs is about the sleepwalker, Kenneth Parks who beat his mother in law to death with a crowbar, whilst sleeping, then acquitted of all charges as he was unconscious at the time, so could not have been responsible.
I have tried to find the right tone in this song as it has layers of comedy and tragedy. As soon as I play the tragedy, it becomes too sentimental and obvious so I want to highlight the ridiculousness of the situation by adding some comedy. I hope I have it right.
Lilly and I did our 2nd preview of the show at Attenborough Arts Centre on 18th March and it went well. We had a good turnout of people and they laughed. Audience comments said they wanted more and could have happily sat through anther 20 minutes worth, so Lilly are going to back to the rehearsal room and generate a touch more material. One of the good things about Gig-Theatre is that songs can be dropped in or substituted and not upset the balance and narrative of the whole piece. We do feel a piece of movement/music can go in the middle somewhere 3/4 of the way in. After hearing back a recording of the show in Leicester, I know where we can tweak bits. The show is going from strength to strength and we are looking forward to our 3 night run at Camden People's Theatre, 20th-22nd April.