10th June – Tightlaced Performance
Tightlaced Theatre came into its own at the larger space of Augustine’s where the poems selected from my Songs from the Heart & Elsewhere could be fully performed as individual pieces of theatre, with the audience moving from one poem to another guided by a mime in the shape of a little bird (an echo of the bird motif on the pages of the book itself).
This bird was played beautifully by our Director Flavia d’Avila who presented the material with great vision and creativity. The audience were soon in the swing of things and there was plenty of praise for the style of presentation.
All the actors received positive comments and people had different ‘favourite pieces’. A handful of poems proved particularly popular – notably Annie’s Bunnet: a stunning performance by Debbie Cannon, The Coat performed sensitively by Jamie Griffin and Archie’s Prayer performed by Chris Allan who was particularly impressive bearing in mind that he received the script for it much later than any other poems!
Kevin’s Kit (Chris Allan and Hilary Davies, featuring a nice cameo part for Andrew Henry our drummer) also inspired comments, as did Fiona Urquhart’s Nothing to Wear and Andrew Simpson’s sensitive rendering of Jamie’s Valentine. Of course, who could forget Lisa Glen’s great timing on the ‘speed poems’ and on That Question!
Andrew Henry was joined by fellow musician Iain Orr to add another dimension with their original music, and all in all, the evening was a great success: people enjoyed the performances, bought a book – thereby contributing to the Cash for Kids charity – had a nice glass of wine and appreciated a very sociable evening indeed. It also gave Tightlaced a full house to promote the company and its talented actors.