A while back now I was working as a sound technician on a play named wheels, and this next bit may sound like advertising but it isn’t as the plays finished so that would be
stupid. This play went on in Ammanford miners theatre, for five pound a ticket, which is a decent amount I think, anyway, I wasn’t only a sound technician on wheels I am also the best friend of the writer so I’ve been in this project pretty much all of the way, so as we’re leaving for lunch on the opening day
(lunch was about three hours before the play was due to open) we asked how many tickets had been pre ordered, our answer ‘around fifty’. This figure brought me both happiness and sadness as it meant that at least fifty people were going to see it however it also meant that if only fifty people turned up we wouldn’t even half fill the theatre. Being slightly pessimistic the negative thought stuck in my mind and I dreaded looking down from the tech box and seeing the pitiful sight of a half filled theatre and the despairing faces of the actors.
Some detail of the theatre layout may be necessary now, the theatre had a tech box overlooking the stage and this box was boiling hot due to many computers, servers and the like, I had to work in said box and had been downing bottles of water all day. The men’s bathroom for the miners theatre is on the lowest level possible, and therefore three flights of stairs are needed to go from the tech box to the toilets, anyway with detailing over I will continue my anecdote.
Imagine my surprise when having taken the backstage stairs down to the toilets (I decided to scout out the crowds on my way back up) I found one hundred and twenty people lined up on the stairs, all clutching to tickets as if it would gain them access to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, all eagerly awaiting the opening of a play I had seen build from a tiny idea in an art class in South Wales, to this, a sell out stage production! We later found out that we had to turn twenty people away at the door, a shame for them but a triumph for us.
Luckily I had a video camera to hand on the final day of rehearsal, and myself and the writer Mr Ciaran Fitzgerald interviewed members of the cast and crew and
gave a general tour of the theatre, I’m in the process of editing the footage and the video shall be up soon, thanks for reading and I’ll be back next week.