Nerves and Thanks.
Ok, final blog post before the first night of the play. Nervous? Yes. Not sure why, really. Couldn’t be more pleased with the director, cast and others supporting the play. I’m not really nervous about people’s reactions. Hand on heart I truly believe we have done the best we can and I think we have created a script that will stand up – and I’m convinced our cast will make it fly. I feel ready to take any criticism on the chin, but I’m sure people will enjoy it. I’m also convinced that it will have another run, at The Unity, and maybe beyond. Whatever, if the next three nights are half as rewarding and enjoyable as the past three years I’ve worked on this, then it will be a good three nights.
There are many people to thank for helping us bring Waiting for Brando to the stage. Theatre works best when everyone involved pulls together and we consider ourselves blessed to have had the support of the people below, particularly those who have been involved in the production of the play who have put in so much time and effort to make it a success.
Carl Cockram, director and actor, has been incredible. We wouldn’t have got anywhere near this stage without him. I’d recommend him to anyone wishing to get a play on, and for it to be done well. Paul Duckworth (Elia Kazan), Joe Shipman (Vinnie Walsh), Danny Hayes (Eddie Walsh), Michael Ryan, Helen Millne, Christine Gibb, Kal Ross (Sound Design), Nina Patel-Grainger (Set Design), Sam Kent (Set maker – Lobster Productions), Libby Bowers (Costumes), Mathew Barnes (Stage Manager), Tom Wilson (Arthur Steckler & Lighting Tech), Wes Storey (Design), Paul Darby (Website), Sarah Black (Choreography), Andy Frizzel (Music Consultant), Tony Wailey (Inspiration), Gemma Dunne & Suzanne Morris.
Special thanks to our supporters and sponsors:
The Unity Theatre Making Art Award
Graeme Philips and all his staff at The Unity Theatre
Madeline Heneghan, Greg Gibson and all at Writing on the Wall
Lynne Morris, Becky Ryland, Janet and all at Unison
Wild and Wolf
Matt Cox and his Staff from Matt Cox Hairdressing
Many, many thanks,
Mike Morris & Steve Higginson