Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Small but perfectly formed

Christopher Annus as Frederick Rolfe
"Small but perfectly formed" describes our first night audience yesterday. A grand total of two in the audience - a gay Catholic priest and his male friend. Not quite the crowds we had hoped for, but better than an empty auditorium. And the enthusiasm that greeted both plays - Angel: Take This Body, about a priest torn between his faith and his sexual desire, and Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice, about the English writer whose dearest wish was to be Pontiff - from both of them seemed genuine. "Excellent writing. Excellent acting." Music to my ears . . .

The good news is that we have a bigger audience scheduled for tonight, press night. And if our two actors both meet and surpass their performances tonight, it augurs well for the rest of the run.

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