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11/26/10 @ 12:35:24 pm, Categories: General, 924 words   English (US)

Dublin – November 2010

Sorry about the prolonged silence. We were off the internet for a few nights. But anyways, here we are again.

We arrived in Dublin on Wednesday night (well, parts of us, the flights were some 5 hours apart). Got a taxi and drove straight to the theatre of course. Stage door was really busy and there were quite a few groups of hysteric youngsters. We just said a quick hello to the man and stood and watched otherwise. Sorry, no picture material as all equipment was stored away in our bags. It was a lovely surprise to meet Pam, Joan and Nadine there. They also were so kind to show us the way to our hotel as they stayed in the same one. Unfortunately this was their last night so we have been on our own since then.

We have a lovely hotel and river view. Just ten minutes walk (or 15, it all depends on the footwear). But it’s freezing cold here. First thing we did the next morning was buying gloves for Bunny J. We also saw the new Harry Potter and urge everyone to go see it. It’s the best so far, epic and really sad. We actually saw it twice already (have to make the most of the original version as we get only dubbed movies in Germany and the voices are horrible).

Thursday was Kerstin’s birthday (won’t tell you which). So there were pressies at midnight, Harry in the morning, some sightseeing in the afternoon and stage door + show in the evening. Talk about the perfect birthday. The sun was out (nevertheless freezing cold, the occasional snow flake made its appearance) and the Christmas decorations are up in the streets.

We were all alone at the stage door (almost frozen to the spot as it’s another wind channel). We walked up the street with Andrew and was on his way to grab some food. We handed over some pressies asked about the TV show (he is not sure whether he will have time to film it) and then let him go get something to eat. Oh and there were birthday hugs and kisses and it was all lovely (sorry, couldn’t resist to add this, meant to keep this report gushing-free). No photos as it is always weird to get the equipment out when you are alone with him. Also eventhough the stage door is lit (and there is a roof!Yay) it is too dark for photos and you’d need to use flash and this is something we try to avoid.

The show:
First of all the theatre is huge and brand new and gorgeous….all red inside and a very nice piazza at the front. We had tickets for row C which turned out to be the front row!! What a pleasant (birthday) surprise. It was great to see the show up close again. We have to say that it has evolved a lot. Everyone seems settled in their characters and they actually are playing around with them a bit, adding a few more gestures here and there which make it much more alive. Before it always felt a bit clinical, if you know what we mean. Too true to the book. Penny really stood out, made us laugh and laugh. Velma’s microphone died during Miss Baltimore Crabs. Luckily we were close enough to hear her lines anyways. They acted quickly and very elegantly smuggled a hand microphone on stage. She was all pro about it and made it look like part of the number. The sound problem was fixed soon afterwards.

Edna and her new husband get along well. It was nice to have a Wilbur who is a singer and the audience (which really was as enthusiastic as Michael had promised at the stage door the night before) went completely wild during Timeless to me. Instead of what became the standard dialogue between them (“I can’t concentrate when you are jiggling behind me” and Wilbur says “You never complained before!”) there was a new line “That’s not what you said last night”. Well, let’s just say the lady next to us nearly choked from laughing.
As there is no direct link between the auditorium and the stage we were wondering if Mrs Pingleton would comment on the audience, as there were not people to chase up from their seats. She came on from the wings but still remarked how many people there were and that they looked a bit weird, then apologized for the comment and said the classic “this is what happens when you are sitting in the cheap seats”.

It goes without saying that there was a standing ovation at the end (started for Michael).

There were not too many people at the stage door afterwards. Some photos and signatures, the usual. More birthday congratulations (Kerstin shares her birthday with Liam, who is Link in the show).

Friday, 26 November

More Harry Potter and sightseeing for us. Glorious sunshine and a walk down Grafton Street.

Yet another lonely stage door, he arrived at 5 we talked Harry for a bit then he spotted two dogs inside the theatre (no, not his) and dashed inside to cuddle them. And that was that.

Now we are getting changed for the show and will report back afterwards. Still no birthday photo…maybe tomorrow (at least there will be daylight then as it’s a matinee day, but they said it will be snowing all day…eek!).

Talk soon!

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