The Tour Diaries - Part 1

Sunday, 20 October 2019 London, UK


When I found out the news I'd got acting work for the next 18 months, I didn't really know how to process that little nugget of information. Of course getting that phone call, is what every actor dreams of. But when you finally get it, believing your agent is having a joke with you is a lot easier to fathom than the actual truth. Then once you've got your head around the fact you're no longer an "out of work actor", then comes the fun of all the life admin and practicalities that comes with it. Now, I've worked professionally and toured before, but I've never toured for this length of time. Which means everyday is now a school day, so I thought I'd do a mini tour series to keep a little diary of my adventures. so without further a do; Welcome, to the tour Diaries - Part 1!

It all began back in August. Off I went, bright eyed and bushy tailed, to catch the Northern Line at 8:45, with hope in my heart and excitement bubbling over. This feeling of giddiness quickly came to a stop, as me and pretty much half of London's commuters, listened to the joyous sound of the TFL staff announce the Northern Line train was being held on the platform indefinitely as the line is suffering with server delays. Always a treat! Enter City Mapper. After a mahoosive detour and a 25 minute walk later, I came out of Kennington Park and nervously walked into the rehearsal room for day one.

The first day consisted of mostly introductions to the team, set and vision for the play. We all left on a massive high that day, and I had a lovely warm feeling from how well we'd all got on. As the weeks went on, the rehearsals got more intense. Saturdays in the sun eating picnics in Regents Park, were a think of the past, and Saturdays in the rehearsal room doing a dance call in the boiling temperatures of this years summer, were very much a real thing. The days got longer, the work got harder, and the dances got sweatier, but after 5 short weeks in the safety of our church hall rehearsal space, it was time to pack our bags and head off to the first venue for the final week of rehearsals and tech. For anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of doing a tech rehearsal, they tend to be the longest days of your life. you kind of forget what the outside world looks like, and your dressing room becomes your second home. These rehearsals are where you put the show technically on stage. You're in full costume, any quick changes are sorted out, and we all work slowly through the show, stop staring each scene to iron out any problems. The technical team spend hours upon hours plotting lights, working out sounds, and building set, and collectively everyone prays to god that the show will all come together in the way we've all been imagining. 4 Days of 10am-10pm Tech rehearsals later, we were ready to start the dress run. This should, in theory run relatively smooth and will highlight any issues that might crop up in the show. The old saying goes, 'Bad dress, Good run", and boy did that saying live up to its truth. To put it nicely, the dress was... interesting. Which didn't help with the pre show nerves as we prepare to open the show the next day. As the play is based on a book written by David Walliams, the opening show was a sell out. His massive fan base had brought in a wonderful audience who seemed to have a great night. only made better by the fact during our bowls the man himself, Mr David Walliams jumped up on stage and gave a speech on how much he enjoyed the show! And just like that, the year and a half UK Tour had began, I was being paid to dress up and sing and dance and it wasn't all a dream.

Time is already flying by, but I'm loving every second working on this amazing show, and I can't wait to see what else it brings!

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this little series, let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to hear about in the comments below!

Thanks, as always, for reading,
Rosie xx




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