One More Show, Phoenix!

Tonight is our final performance at the 2011 Phoenix Fringe Festival.  What can I say?  Come along, join in the fun. As one of the students at the Estrella Mountain Community College performance commented on our TalkBackR site:

“I loved that the forum worked to convey surprise and confusion for the audience from the beginning. It really helped to make us feel connected to the performance, rather than simply audience members we felt like we became participants.”

TalkBackR is a lovely idea, but it’s not perfect, so do feel free to leave any comments, feedback, thoughts, suggestions here on the website, or shoot me an email.

I love that what started out as a 10 minute one-woman sketch about 3 years ago, now has a cast of – well, however many people there are in the space by the time we finish.  No-one gets humiliated, there is respect for everybody’s role, whether sitting in the audience or joining Dame June on stage for a bit of coaching in playing Shakespeare.

So, only one show to go, and then Dame June heads off to other parts on her world lecture tour. Who knows where she will turn up next?  Not me, that’s for sure. I remain, as always, her humble servant, following wherever she leads.

See you tonight – at Space 55 – 7 pm sharp.


Opening Night in Phoenix

It’s here at last, after all the planning, rehearsing – online and in person, travelling, organising, writing and re-writing. Whew!

The play has evolved quite dramatically – and comically – since Brisbane. What a difference it makes playing with different people.  I am so glad this is the kind of company Thunder’s Mouth Theatre is. There is no standing still, either creatively, philosophically or intellectually when you work this way.

Our tech run went well, I just love Space 55.  It seats 50, the audience on risers, with a small stage area, black curtains at the back. Just perfect for Dame June to spring up and down, chatting to the audience, wandering at will into and out of the dark spaces of the mind, playing with, for and about Shakespeare’s language, and dealing with whatever events the evening happens to throw at her. Good luck, June!

Now, I’d better get those posters ready to stick up in the lobby, and drop around to the other venues I’ll be visiting over the next three days.  Better late than never – I trust.

Last chance to enter our competition

Today’s the day! Get your entry in by 7 pm tonight, and you could win two complementary tickets for a performance of The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will), plus the opportunity to join Dame June on stage for a brief encounter.

Just tell us which Shakespearean character you would most like to be, and why, in 40 words or less.

Click here to enter!

Be bold! She’s not so scary! She’s really a pussy cat.