26 November 2013
'NOW WE RAISE THE FINAL CURTAIN, ONE THING REMAINS THAT'S FOR CERTAIN….' (NW5)
Brace yourselves…it’s the last one and it’s long!
You would think that as the end drew ever closer that things would start to die down a little…luckily (for my selfish blogging purposes) this was not the case with the ‘Our House’ gang as we entered our final week of the tour! After a much needed week off to recharge our batteries we arrived at the fabulous Theatre Royal, Plymouth for our final jaunt! With almost 2000 seats the space was immense, so when filled with an audience up on it’s feet and dancing it was the perfect way to end a fantastic show…with a bang! In a way it was similar to the end of season episode of any good box set….Tommy Cooper the Penguin (our touring mascot) was reunited with his owner (Adam Langstaff), the ‘Lewis 4 Billie’ (TM)….aka Alex Spinney and myself….on stage back story was put to bed (!) and…Alexis (Joe Casey) became a first time father to a beautiful baby boy, Zachary Elliot Brian Gerred…huge congratulations! (Also congrats to Dominique (Angie) and Josie (Reecey’s better half) for winning the due date sweepstake…to Danni (Sarah) for gaining a gorgeous new God Son and to the lovely Clive Gerred for becoming a grandad!) Bless Alexis, with all the nappy changing and sleepless nights he resorted to grabbing a quick spot of dinner from the cinema next door to the theatre…complete with luminous cheese nachos, pick n mix and a jumbo sized coke!
The company outing this week was a very serene day of paintballing which I understand was completely civilised! No bruises (Lloyd) or aching joints to speak of (Ed/Stewart) in any way! Myself (Billie), Becky (Kath) and Jo (Team Wardrobe) opted for a girlie day of pampering and new hair dos instead…no bruises or aching joints there either!!
So, down to the silly stuff…! There was much to report this week beginning with Monday evening’s show. I was mistaken in my last blog where I stated the Becky ‘broke music’ in Brighton…that crown was outrageously stolen from her by Joey (MD) who gave an incredibly ‘avant garde’ interpretation of ‘Rise and Fall’ and the ‘Coffin Exit Underscore/Funeral Music’ from his keyboard…#beautiful! The next evening involved James Haggie (Emmo) injuring his particulars on the car only to then be kicked out of it by me in my pathetic attempt to enhance the ‘Lewis 4 Billie’ (TM) love story…#sorrypal! It was an interesting rendition of ‘Embarrassment’ on Wednesday evening when Adam’s (drummer) whistle fell dramatically from his mouth leaving him to vocally improvise…if you ask me, it sounded exactly the same mate! Thankfully this was slightly overshadowed by Coco the Clown’s (Stewart McCheyne’s) head deciding to fall off at the end of the number…#oops! I am pleased to state that come Friday night everything was running impeccably when Chief Exec Sarah came to visit :)……and in other news…Adam managed to lock himself into his Plymouth bedroom…requiring the stealthy work of Dominique and her tweezers to save him (see photo)…good thing he didn’t need the loo!
So, it is customary at the end of a run to hold an Award Ceremony to commemorate the bloopers of the tour. (Tricky seeing as none of us seemed to ever have the occasional accidental slip-up ever!!) Said ceremony took place on Thursday evening at the lovely ‘Lorenzo’s’ Tapas Restaurant and was spectacularly executed by Patricia (CSM), Martin (DSM) and Coops (Team Sound)…complete with beautifully detailed trophies for each award and an inspired soundtrack! It would be unfair to list them all and would take forever…but I will say that they were hysterical and, yes, Ed (Callum) did win the ‘I’m Sorry I’m Late’ Award and the ever so green Sean Needham (Dad) won ‘Best Newcomer’! The evening did however turn slightly ugly when…completely naturally…Sophie (Julie) fell off the sofa and Jo (Team Wardrobe) managed to spectacularly ‘stack it’ on the dance floor!
Saturday matinee saw a couple of incidents that were slightly unusual!! (Last matinee - I couldn’t possibly think why!!?!) Sophie was incredibly creative with her glorious sax solos (they don’t call her Lisa Simpson/Inspector Gadget/George Michael for nothing!), Nicola’s ‘Aunty’ took a trip to SpecSavers (and Harley Street!!) whilst Al Twist’s ‘Drunk Uncle’ seemed ever so slightly disorientated in ‘Embarrassment’! We were treated to a boozy Kath Casey (BB) in Vegas, Reecey (Lloyd) gained an ingenious new ‘alias’ from Steve (Pressman) and the ‘Shaky Egg’ finally got to prove it’s full potential!! With all this excitement, no wonder Lewis (Alex Spinney) felt the need for a cheeky nap prior to the show…!
It’s been a roller coaster of fun and fantastic ‘Madness’ these past 14 weeks and I would personally like to thank the ‘Our House’ Company for giving me so much ridiculous joy to write about and to everybody who has followed our weekly bulletins for reading ‘said’ weekly bulletins! It’s been an absolute pleasure and I really hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing about this show which has been incredibly special. I’ll take my ‘South East Water’ Award and leave you with my final memory of the ‘Our House UK Tour’ which was Haggie (Emmo), Lloyd (Reecey’ and myself driving down the motorway to London listening to Radio 2’s ‘Elaine Paige on a Sunday’ and belting out Mary Poppins’ ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite’ at the top of our lungs!! (Yes…even and especially ‘Fun Lloyd’!).
After an engagement - Mike (Team Sound) & Halinka, a wedding - Becky & Ben and a baby - Alexis & Georgia (all in 14 weeks!!) I am pooped so I will put down my quill and parchment and say thank you and goodbye from me, Natasha Lewis…aka…Billie Morton!
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