Swashbuckling fun at the Marine this month

marine theatreDID you watch Poldark? Both theatre director Gabby and I love the swashbuckling, bare-chested 18th century swagger but John in marketing took a dim view of our fanciful banter and suggested it was getting a bit sexist in the office. We ignored his protestations.

It was the arrival of the beautiful cadet training ship ‘Tenacious’ that sparked ye olde lust; the tall masted ship anchored just off the Cobb and it’s easy to imagine how the harbour would have looked just over a century ago. It stayed less than two days putting an end to our imaginings.

Anyway, talking of ladies and gentlemen, our lavatory refurb has at long last passed the finish post. Trouble was, on the day we could finally allow the gents to use the gents, it coincided with a performance that night, and the very last bit that had been left for us to sort out – the signs for the doors – went completely off my radar.

So half way through the evening when it suddenly dawned on me, I quickly sent a text to duty manager Tom to save any red faces.

I’ve been a bit of a social butterfly recently, starting with a soiree for our wonderful volunteers. It went on a bit longer than expected, they’re all hard-core our lot, but the wine was flowing and the happy banter kept everyone chuckling.

A couple of days later we were down in the SWIM wine bar with the Tom Southgate Building and Carpentry team celebrating the successful completion of the loo refurb. I don’t think I’ve ever drunk a G&T in such a huge “that’s as big as your face” glass.

I’ve been breaking in a pair of very glittery high heeled shoes at work. When Jethro’s agent arrived and saw me tottering around in the “those aren’t regulation office shoes” killer heels, I had to explain I had a party coming up at the end of the month so it was essential to get used to them. Fiona from the TIC does the ironing in hers.

I visited the depths of the South West Water Works below Theatre Square as part of their National Trust Heritage Open Days event. It’s fascinating and with the miles of pipework and grid-like stairs it reminded me of a ‘Die Hard’ set and I half expected Bruce Willis to appear in his signature ripped and explosive splattered T-shirt. Sorry, getting distracted again.

We had two wedding celebrations as well as a private party this month. When you look out of our landscape windows at the spectacular views, it’s little wonder we are popular with people who want to make their special day even more special.

I was back at SWIM later in the month, twice in fact. The first was to wave goodbye to the lovely Chelsea who has been working at the Tourist Information Centre over the summer months and, yes, there was prosecco involved. Then the next occasion was Nicca Kathrens’ (she of the wonderful designer knitwear shop) birthday bash and what a great party that was! The party frock was on and my killer heels were worn-in so no need to dance barefoot.

Our winter brochure is out now and it’s jam-packed with something for everyone from comedy to theatre, music to cinema and masses going on during half term including the ‘Children Love Disco’ that’s back by popular demand. We also have our NTLive and MET Opera  with some swashbuckling screenings including La Fanciulla del West and Antony & Cleopatra, plenty to feed every Poldark fetish.

Sophia Moseley,
Theatre Manager

Woodmead Halls
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