Monday, 14 October 2013

the events - tour coverage and basking in reflected glory

In the weeks since the dress rehearsal I have been basking in reflected glory, as The Events went on with great success to the Fringe, via a first public performance at a festival in Norfolk, and then to Glasgow, Oxford and Dublin. It's at the Young Vic now, then in November going to Hull, Bristol, Birmingham and Plymouth.

As part of the dress rehearsal, I couldn't help but feel partly responsible for the success in Edinburgh. Also, they had taken photos at our rehearsal which they then used for press photos, so in quite a few of the reviews and articles they used photos which included some of the choir (though not me). The full set of photos is on their Facebook page here.

Here is a set of links to reviews and related articles which I've noted over the weeks (mostly through links from Tweets). They're just in the order I noted them, and mostly Edinburgh-related.

Telegraph, 2 August ('What do we do about evil?', interview with David Greig and director Ramin Gray). British Theatre Guide Edinburgh review. A Younger Theatre Edinburgh review. Telegraph Edinburgh review. Guardian Edinburgh review. What's On Stage Edinburgh review. Scotsman Edinburgh review. Times review (can't see much of it through the paywall, though I'm sure I saw the whole thing at the time). BBC Scotland Edinburgh-related article. Arts Desk Edinburgh review. Postcards from the Gods blog Edinburgh review. Evening Times interview with David Greig. Irish Times Dublin review. Oxford Times Oxford review. Another Irish Times Dublin review. Patrick Lonergan blog Dublin review (long, interesting reflection). Entertainment.ie website Dublin review.

On the Actors Touring Company blog, apart from my email, were these. Interview with Ramin Gray and John Brown (director and composer, transcript of Youtube interview after first rehearsal with a choir). Christine ventures into the Events (an account of a rehearsal). Nick Williams on winning a Fringe First ('I acknowledged the massive team effort, and then talked about our brilliant choirs. They truly are the heart of the show, giving energy and enthusiasm and trusting us to take them on a journey through dark waters.'). Stars and Awards (including a Fringe First and the Carol Tambor award). The Choir Whisperer (by Sally Christopher, the choir coordinator) (giving special thanks 'to the Morris Folk Choir for jumping in at the deep end for the open dress'. 'It'll be alright, people will come' (interesting blog by the stage manager). Do it, do it, do it (post by one of the Edinburgh choirmasters and a choir member, title being the advice to any choir thinking of doing it). Neve in Dublin (with some interesting insights into text changes and working with the choirs).

There's also an ATC page on Youtube which has a number of videos, including a good trailer and audience reaction clips set 1 and set 2 after the open dress rehearsal.

And ATC's Storify page has these Story sets of Tweets: Open dress rehearsal (there are three of my tweets in this one); Edinburgh first night reactions; sample of Fringe responses; the events in Glasgow; the events in Oxford; and the London previews (the first of which I was in the audience - there's a Morris tweet in this one).