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Dance Is My Escape Route

Dance Is My Escape Route

Have you ever been in a show? Particularly a musical, given their extraordinary oddness. You spent weeks and weeks returning until the songs will never leave your head; you ladder every pair of ballet tights you own because those things are not designed for jazz leaps, especially on a splintery wooden stage; and you emerge the other side usually covered in glitter. And then you have opening night. Opening nights are kind of terrifying. There are all sorts of factors…

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Death And Musicals

Death And Musicals

As you will probably be aware if you follow me on Twitter, I’m currently at the Edinburgh Fringe – a festival with comedy, music, dance, theatre… the variety is quite overwhelming. When you arrive and see the brochure and have to decide what to get tickets for, it’s almost impossible to choose, especially as most things don’t have reviews yet. I don’t know as anyone who follows my blog is at the Fringe, but here are some responses to a…

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Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #3

Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #3

Somewhat mini edition tonight because it’s 11pm and I just played a show, but as it’s my turn for the TCWT blog chain tomorrow (and I notice they’ve now added a 1000-word limit, woe is me), I had to do this now. Wednesday, 4th July – Second night Went pretty well. This is the gala night when all the governors come and watch, all the teachers come and laugh at their students in costume, and the people from the Arts…

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Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Tuesday, 3rd July: Opening Night Another opening, another show … It’s mid afternoon and the band are shattered. We’ve been in rehearsals since twelve and although they gave us a generous forty minutes for lunch today (we’re going up in the world!), the cast have now joined us and we’re choreographing the bows. Which means, of course, that we have to play them over and over again while the various characters put on the right pieces of costume to enter…

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