At the end of a series, a run, or a tour, I wonder if every artist ponders over whether they will ever work again. I know I do. This last tour has been quite wonderful and full of laughter. By that I don't mean just from the audience. All the gang have been very good at their jobs and have shown great friendship to each other. How lucky I am.
Of course Debbie and I laugh all the time, but Kev Orkian, our special guest artist joined in the fun and so did Steve Jeffreys the Stage Manager and his assistant Sarah Brown were not only wonderfully efficient but a great laugh too.
There were nights when the laughter from the wings almost over rode that the from the audience!
It's over, and as I type I am waiting for Steve to come round with the van and pack it all away back into the big shed. For a few days now life will take on that peculiar mixture of sadness as we miss the gang, and gladness as we get some time off. That won't last long...
I am working on some ghost effects for a coming play which will premiere at the Mill at Sonning. That's a local venue to us that we did as part of the tour and it is always a joy to work, or even just to go to for dinner and to watch a play.
Another upcoming possibility is to recreate/tell the story of The Magic of Charles Dickens. My management team keep pushing me to do it. The 'play' will probably be along the lines of the Malini show that I did, and still do from time to time. I am jotting notes and gathering info...
In the last few days it has been inspiring to see the UK bedecked with our national flag and the hundreds of thousands of people lining the River Thames to celebrate the life and times of our Queen. I am proud to be British.