And so it begins…

It’s been just under a week since I last posted here, and while in the blogsphere that suddenly feels like a decade, in the Edinburghsphere it feels more like a century. So here is a quick update.

Our arrival in Edinburgh bought with it a festival of dramas of its own. There were the highs and lows – on the one hand realising we’d managed to rent a beautiful Georgian penthouse completely by accident (we honestly thought it would be a dive), on the other realising we’d left our two extra inflatable beds on the train. A nicely decorated apartment is harder to appreciate when you’re sleeping on the floor.

However, we were bound to forget something. At least it wasn’t a cast member – we all arrived in one piece (well fifteen pieces to be exact) and I’ve now learnt the lesson that keeping a company of 15 singers quiet on a sweaty carriage of disgruntled commuters is no easy feat. I think there might be a musical in that.

At this point in our Edinburgh saga I must introduce you to Margot, the producer of the company. These first few days had been planned like a military operation – for weeks I’d been approving timetables for breakfast and perusing spreadsheets for dinner, all fed over by email to cover every eventuality. Thanks to this and the flexibility of the tech team we were able to unload all of our set late on the night of the day we arrived, ready for our first tech rehearsal bright and early at 8am the next morning, despite a four hour delay on the train.

So, two techs and dresses later we had two shows ready to go… the next challenge was to get the audience in. With t-shirts donned and flyers in hand we hit the streets, and I’m pleased to report it’s going well. We opened with an audience of 40 on Thursday, that has progressively increased and today we sold out. It would seem luck is on our side, for now at least.

More on flyering tactics next time, for now I need to get my outfit on for the Fringe Launch tonight. With the theme “a touch of glitter” I’m not entirely prepared but I’m sure I’ll find something! 

Until next time,Luke Sheppard

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About Luke Sheppard

Luke recently finished working as Assistant Director to Sir Jonathan Miller on his production of Hamlet at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol. He was part of the creative team for the MTM award wining show Force 9 1/2 at last years Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Theatre Workshop), and returned as Choreographer for the London revival as part of the Perfect Pitch Festival (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). He has since worked with Peepolykus developing a musical at the National Theatre Studio. Luke is an experienced workshop leader and works with several children's theatre companies. He set up the musical theatre company Take Note Theatre and will direct both of their productions at this years Edinburgh Fringe.

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