Well dear friends, after beavering away for months on my project to create, write and perform a tribute to Victoria Wood at the Edinburgh Festival this August, yesterday brought a torrent of good news which has made me feel newly energised for the whole project!
On Tuesday evening, my director Sarah-Louise Young, musical director Michael Roulston and I presented the first preview of LOOKING FOR ME FRIEND: THE MUSIC OF VICTORIA WOOD to a packed Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, full of smiling happy people ready to celebrate the late, great comedienne with me. After 9 rewrites of the script, a tricky early ‘sharing’ back in November, and more than a bit of personal family trauma to deal with, the evening was exactly what I needed, and although I cannot honestly tell you I made no mistakes, I am confident that the overall show was filled with love, integrity and humour.
The next morning (yesterday) I was contacted about doing three more previews in different venues across the country on the strength of the night before and the buzz that is already surrounding the project on social media etc.
And then, later that day I was finally able to accept the offer from PBH Free Fringe of my first choice of venue for the festival, The Voodoo Rooms Ballroom – a much sought-after space for free-fringers, which I have been offered to perform in at 4.40pm from 8-30 August. This is exactly what Sarah and I have hoped and planned for for months, so huzzah! And our sincere thanks to Luke Meredith and all at the PBH Free Fringe for having faith in us.
I’m jetting off to Israel now for some Winter sun before the next leg of the journey begins, but I will still be doing my Daily Vlog (today is Day 91) on YouTube, holiday or no holiday!
Have a great week, traycloths!