‘I may well dig out my crop top and ra-ra skirt’

marine theatre

THE clocks went forward, the Marine Players performed their brilliant ‘Vicar of Dibley’, we had our first Children’s Week and it didn’t snow.

There was a definite case of jet-lag that settled on the theatre office and on one or two of our friends in the Tourist Information Centre. You wouldn’t think losing just one hour would be so irksome but turns out, unless it is caused due to a flight south to warmer climes where you are going on holiday for the week so it really doesn’t matter what time it is, it takes around a week to recover your senses.

Talking of senses, I regularly meet a local man on my way in to work. Nothing unusual in that you say, except whilst I am dressed in enough layers to keep an Eskimo warm, he is trotting back from the sea in trunks and flip-slops having just enjoyed an invigorating swim (his words not mine).

Anyway we were soon back on track, especially after enjoying a performance of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. Apparently Lorraine Knowles, aka Alice, had watched hours of the TV comedy to finely tune the character. It was spot-on and had the audience in fits of laughter.

I came along incognito as a regular punter on the Friday night and without my ‘Theatre Manager’ hat on, Tom the duty manager and our brilliant front of house team had to do a double-take when they recognised me.

Our first Children’s Week went very well, with over 30 events across the town involving a host of other businesses, there was something for everyone. It did cause our resident builder a few challenges, but Tom Southgate Builders are extremely accommodating and kept the hammering, sawing and drilling to a minimum.

Meanwhile our bar manager, Claire Jillings, who is also a brilliant cake maker, supplied our pop-up café with a wide range of delicious cakes; my favourite is salted caramel brownies but I know the flapjacks went down very well.

Of course spring is the time to think of love and romance so what better time to sort out your wedding plans. I showed two wedding parties around this month, one has already booked their date but wanted to play around with some table layouts and the other couple, who had been to the Marine a couple of years ago, had forgotten how wonderful it is and fell in love with it again.

Talking of love, which Shakespeare did often, we screened the RSC production of ‘Julius Caesar’. I studied this play for my O Level and definitely don’t remember quite so much shouting, but things were different then and, anyway, it was an all-girls school so no shouting was allowed.

We have the National Theatre Live performance of ‘Macbeth’ coming up soon and the Handlebards performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Theatre Square, so plenty of the Bard to enjoy.

The Guitars on the Boards was a great evening with a host of different bands performing including Brian Street and, having seen him on stage at the mayor’s Civic Night just the night before, I’m beginning to feel like a bit of a ‘circuit regular’ especially as he recognised me albeit in my regular ‘day wear’ and not flying across the dance floor, well maybe not flying, but I managed a to recall a few of my disco dance moves.

With our Into the Groove Disco night coming up next month I may well dig out my crop-top, ra-ra skirt and high heels. I wonder what our front of house would make of that?

Sophia Moseley,
Theatre Manager

Woodmead Halls

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