Sunday, August 28, 2005

Napa no more

Well that's the first venue on the US tour done with and what an enjoyable two weeks it's been. The venue was terrific and we were made very welcome. It wasn't always the fullest of theatres but the audience reaction has been very rewarding and there's been some good press. More importantly the size of the houses was steadily increasing through the two weeks which is certainly better than the other way round. It seems from the conversations I had after the show that people were mostly coming because of friend's recommendation.

I was rather skeptical about doing a Sunday matinee because 2pm on Sunday doesn't feel like a particularly funny part of the day but today's audience were really up for it and it was a lot of fun.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of touring the show in the States is that it gives so many of the people involved in the story the chance to see the show live for the first time and, of course, we get the chance to catch up. Several of the Googlewhacks came to see the show in New York, more came in LA and I'm delighted to say that today I was visited by Unicyclist Periscopes... otherwise known as David and Danielle. It's always a little odd telling the story when one of the participants is there in person but in a nice way. Things seem to take on an extra resonance when the audience don't just have to take my word for it but can confirm for themselves that the person I'm showing them on the screen is sitting amongst them nodding away. It was great to see them again.

I now have a short break before the tour resumes in Cleveland on September 13th.

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