Despite the fact that I still haven't recovered from the mad dash that was July, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pleased.
Just to fill in anyone who's not been following th 'AndOn journey, July marked the first run of our first show and our first festival. Bits & Box opened at the International Youth Arts Festival as an unknown new work by a nobody company, but closed to a sell-out 'extra dated added' performance and the most wonderful feedback any new company could ask for. IYAF was an utter delight, start to finish, and could not have provided a better platform to showcase fresh material.
I'm not sure I have ever been more nervous as I was before the first performance. Pacing around the Rose Theatre Studio before an optimistically large seating bank, I was thoroughly convinced that Bits & Box was nothing more than a collection of mildly comical private jokes, tenuously strung together by a narrative that audiences would neither understand or appraciate.
I'm still not entirely convinced.
I can't deny, though, that our audiences enjoyed themselves. The responses we had each night were better than I could ever have imagined (we certainly never expected to have to pause for laughs and applause!) and Bits & Box is now undergoing the rigorous tweak and polish process in preparation for a 2014 tour. I still find it hard to believe that January 2013 didn't know 'AndOn Theatre existed, and now I'm using the word 'tour'. A large part of that, it must be said, is only possible because of a few special people and places. Sally and the gang at Redbridge Drama Centre, Jeremy and everyone at IYAF, Mike Alfreds (who braved the heat and delays of South West Trains to make it to our show) and our family (Niru, Aaron, Beth to name a few), without whom we wouldn't have had an audience on the first night, the support to keep going, or the wonderful memories that 'AndOn Theatre was built on. Thank you to everyone. (Oscar Acceptance Speech: DONE.)
And our summer isn't over yet. We're now busy planning away for our workshop week at Barking Broadway in a few weeks time, and in the very early stages of Show No.2, in association with Redbridge Drama Centre. Details to follow on that one, but keep a look out for the next blog, where I shall reveal the name and a little teaser... exciting stuff!
In the meantime, tickets are still available for the evening showcase performance of Bits & Box on Thursday 3rd October, just call RDC on 0208 708 8803 for details.
Until next time...