Hello friends! All done. Four months, 31 Venues, 5 states, 100 performances and 4 very tired, but extremely grateful actors! What a tour it has been. Starting back in March at La Boite, we feel like we have all been a part of something very special.
Speaking personally, I would have to say performing on the stages of some of our country’s most beautiful theatres including The Theatre Royal in Hobart (TAS) and Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat (NSW) – treading the same boards as Sir Laurence Oliver was bound to send a shiver down the spine – or maybe that was the presence of George – the Theatre Royal’s resident ghost.
Maybe the highlight was taking this show to Cairns, my hometown, and performing for some of my high school drama teachers. An added bonus was being in town for my Dad’s birthday – Happy birthday Dad! I think I speak for the entire company when I say we all had a great time at your party…
The highlight probably was playing in the snow in Warburton, a quaint little town in the foothill of the Yarra Valley (VIC). Watching our driver Scottie see snow for the first time was awesome – like a big kid! And we are all now very well versed in the principles of Boingaology thanks to Boinga Bob (confused? Google it!).
A definite highlight was having a couple of days off in the beautiful Barossa Valley (SA). Think lush, rolling hills, amazing restaurants, great coffee and 100 year old vineyards – if only we could have thought of something to do with our spare time
Maybe the highlight was taking the show to Moranbah and Capella – small mining communities with a lot of young families keen for something to do on a Friday night. It is always very satisfying to bring theatre into areas that don’t get too many shows passing through – we were all made to feel very welcome.
Actually, taking the show to all of the QLD towns including Gympie, Biloela, Atherton, Ayr, St George, Miles, Maleny, Glenden, Toowoomba and Redcliffe would have to a big, highlight. It is very rewarding to tour a locally produced show in our home state and to be met with so many smiles. We love ya QLD!
Ok. So choosing one highlight might be a bit hard.
Check out our image galleries on our facebook page for the crazy fun we had on tour, we also took a company photo on every stage we performed on! www.facebook.com/shakeandstir
We are so grateful that we were supported in taking STATESPEARE around the country – we look forward to taking to the road again very soon with our new production of ANIMAL FARM.
A lot of people invested countless hours of time and passion in making this tour the success it was and we want to take the time to thank a couple of them. First of all to our wonderful National and State Tour Coordinators from arTour, Christine Johnstone and Adam Tucker. Thank you for answering our questions, being on call, meeting our special requests and for putting together such a varied and exciting schedule. Thanks to our Tour Managers Shaun O’Rourke and Jess Audsley – for getting this show in, up and running at each of the venues. You called upon your skills as Stage Managers, Furniture Removalists, Interior Designers, Merchandise Sellers and Front of House staff and really made the tour as smooth as possible. Thank you to our crew Scott, Gilly, Alon and our driver Scottie – with your multi-skills you took multi-tasking to new levels and went above and beyond to make it all happen so smoothly. And of course, a HUGE thank you to all the venues who invited us into their theatre spaces to bring this show to their audience. We thank you for supporting our first major National tour and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
And finally, thank you to all the people, both young and old who came to see our show. We thoroughly enjoyed making you laugh at the antics of Nerys, Lachlan, Jay and Rob – we hope you enjoyed the journey of this mismatched foursome as much as we enjoyed playing them and we hope that through them, we have awakened or re-ignited your passion for Shakespeare’s works. Theatre is nothing without the honest and spontaneous exchange between actors and audience – thank you for coming along and playing with us! In a non-creepy way… you know what I mean!
Until next time – Farewell friends – thus, STATESPEARE ends… for now.
shake & stir theatre co