Well, here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun …

… look to the future now, it’s only just begun!

We sure have, with the first get together of the Bunker Christmas housemates – all except Rosie, who’s still on her summer holiday (eh? How very unseasonal of her). Tonight we read through the play, with everyone in their characters for the first time, while Martin made the recording which they’ll be able to use to help with learning their lines. Well, at least he thought he was, only to find, six pages in, that the recorder had flat batteries. One red faced techie! Never mind, it was a good ice breaker and the second time through the characters started to come through and so did the laughs. Steve had us all in fits with the puppet show, especially when he got the voices mixed up and the wolf started barking in third pig’s voice . . . Uncle Harvey very kindly brought doughnuts for the tea break, with rather uncharacteristic generosity for such an old curmudgeon.

The rehearsal schedule doesn’t appear to be causing anyone any particular difficulties (phew) and those people who aren’t lucky enough to live in Bar Hill came on a short guided tour to be shown the school and the Octagon, so they know where to find our rehearsal venues. Now they’re all off to start learning their lines in the couple of weeks before we start rehearsals proper (while I go on holiday. Well, a director has to have some perks.) I still can’t get over how lucky I am to have such a great cast. Can’t wait to get stuck in properly!

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