And we’re off! Having spent a week in rehearsals, we began the tour with performances in the villages of Wigmore and Garway, for Arts Alive. Above you can see the beautiful and unique village hall in Garway, which may soon be replaced, so its a little bit of history in itself.
We had lovely audiences, who entered in to the spirit of the 1918 Shell-filling Factory, singing along to ‘Oh, oh, Antonio’ and ‘Its a long way to Tipperary’, and the new movement for the explosion, created by Movement Director Kitty Winter, looked amazing.
As you can see, our two new Canaries are a delight, and they did a wonderful job in their first performances. Well done too to Hannah, who did a fabulous job of reprising the role of Polly.
Our thanks to Richard, the promoter at Wigmore, and Mikki and Dave at Garway. They were so hospitable and friendly that the whole experience of some of the most rural of touring, was a real pleasure.
The countryside was utterly beautiful, draped in mist mornings and evenings, but frequently brightened by sunshine throughout the day. We stayed at Grove Farm in Kimbolton on our first night. Fiona, the lady who runs the B&B, greeted us with delicious fruit cake, and we met an array of dogs, puppies, and Toby the cat. On the second night Mikki and Sarah kindly found room for us in their family homes, and Lesley and I met Dora, the first cat I’ve ever known to have her own house, complete with a ‘welcome mat’.
We are very much looking forward to the next part of our tour in Bath, at the Mission Theatre. Tickets are available from Bath Box Office. Come along, sing, dance and remember the extraordinary workers of National Shell-filling Factory No. 6.