Last night found me in the new University of Essex Clifftown Theatre for a performance of my show Evening of Enchantment. The venue is superb and the staff were amazingly helpful in the organisation, support and enthusiasm for the show. The theatre is in a refurbished church on Nelson Street in Southend and forms part of the East 15 Acting School at Essex.
The setting was nicely lit and complemented my stage set, which is dripping in Victoriana and filled with mystery and intrigue. We had a good sized audience and plenty of participation as audience members supplied personal objects, thoughts, numbers, words and other things for a journey through the fluid fabric of our collective unconscious last night.
The show covers many enduring themes:
- childhood pursuits
- rational deductivism and psychic power
- physical and metaphysical manipulation
- framing and the unobserved world
- journeys in time, space and spirit
Our final journey is the Fool’s Journey expressed both metaphorically and in reality by revisiting my house and some toy puppets from my youth.
I am pleased with the show as it sold out in its debut at the Headgate Theatre in February and will travel to other venues. Selections from the show made an appearnace last week in the intimate setting of Treadwells Bookshop near Covent Garden.