A Final Big Thank You to You All.
What a week! Fifteen performances in six days. I can honestly say there was not one of them I would not sit through again. There were a couple that may scare me silly but I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
As you all know, I am not a theatre critic nor do I have any acting talent so do not have the right to judge you and what you have done. I am just a man who builds railway stations for a living but spends every spare weekend tucked up in my favourite seat in a darkened theatre with my lovely wife Lynne watching just about anything I can get to. I can assure you my reviews were all honest and thought out, even the misspelt ones!
Each and every one of you has an abundance of talent. Should you choose to do so, there is no doubt you will succeed in your chosen craft. Some of you are and will always be actors. Others will move on to direct and some of you may even go on to teach in a theatre programme in a university. Others are destined to run the theatres for the rest of you to play in! Whatever your chosen path will be, go at it full on. Don’t hold back and don’t listen to anyone who tells you, you cannot do it. Go out, do it and prove them wrong. If you fail at something, then get right back up and do it again just better.
Please don’t live with regrets and wishing you had done something brave. Every one of you is brave. There is no way you can go out onto stage and bare your very soul to an audience without being brave and you have done that this week and in previous performances.
Enough of my ramblings. You are an inspiration to Lynne and me and no doubt an inspiration to those who will be following in your footsteps. Thank you for taking us in this week and treating us as friends. It has been an absolute privilege.
Thank you Zoë Harbour, Katherine Hartshorne, Bridgette Wellbelove, Kathryn Belmega, Eleanor Kingsley, Bethany Ryan, Indie Young, Tré Curran, Karis Lewis, Liam Harvey, Marvin Freeman, Oliver Leonard, Danielle Gorman, Matt Thompson, George Finney, Annie Jones, David Johns, Nicola Schopp, Marcus Churchill, Ashley Sean-Cook, Joe Derrington, Sophie Murray, Harry Bradbury, Richard Harley, Steven Leonard, Kathryn Alice, Emily-Claire Potter, Lucy House, Lindsey Davis, Reanne Lawrence, Naomi Gidney, Jamie O’Grady, Sasha Watson, Theo Ramwell, Sophie Bridge, Louise Stidston, Libbie Cooper, Justyna Smugala, Shaunagh Dunlop and Bryony Denison.
My thanks also to The Looking Glass Theatre.
Martin Sutherland and Erica Mynard and of course Pinkie at The Royal and Derngate.
The Wicked Way Café for keep us fed for a week.
Dr Sally Cook and Dr Ross Prior and the other tutors and assessors.
You are all stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!