Tuesday, 16 July 2019

TIME JUST FLIES BY!

I cannot believe my last posting was in February. So much has happened since.
Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Whilst in some respects it is nice not to have to compete for business with many others, doing so does keep us on our toes and, dare I say and excuse the pun, ensures we put our best foot forward. However, we do not like to see our colleagues "going to the wall". The problem we all know is that there is not much money in the schools' coffers, and what little there is must be spent wisely.

An I.T. man told me some years ago that the digital age would supersede what he described as "snail mail".
How wrong can one be!
I am forever being urged to email schools "en masse" by those offering guarantees that the returns will far outweigh the cost.
Trust me, nothing could be further from the truth. If you are lucky, an email may reach the school office without being filtered out. But, the chances of it making it to the teaching staff or heads is very remote.
No, it may be expensive, but give me something tangible that one can hold and physically pass on ever time.
Of course, I am making a bold statement and, whenever I receive a booking enquiry and ask the source, the reply is invariably "I found you on the internet". But, "did you really? Or, did you read the flyer that came through the post and then checked us out on the internet?"
Anyway, I must go now as I have to arrange the next mailshot.
Until sooner, I hope,
Albert.......






Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A VERY DARK HORSE INDEED!

Am I losing the plot?
Surely not!
I have searched high and low, but nowhere can I find mention of PAUL BAVERSTOCK. And, to make matters even worse, he does not appear in our "Hall of Fame".
So who is he? You ask.
Who is he???
Only one of our most recent performers, and an actor of outstanding talent. Well up there with those who pass our stringent test to be accepted as part of the "Aesop's Theatre Team".
How this blatant omission occurred is completely beyond me. I can only blame the gremlins in the system.
Anyway, he is now up in lights, as they say, and here is a photo.
Of course, many of you will have already seen him in the flesh, so to speak.
Paul is certainly enjoying himself with us and, like so many before him, has brought much of his own style and ideas with him.
I will return ere long.
Albert.........

Thursday, 14 February 2019

THE WEEK BEFORE HALF TERM

The sun is shining and whilst there is a chill in the air, we have survived in the south with only a modicum of snow and ice. Of course, March can bring surprises, but our hopes are high that we will not suffer any last minute postponements through school closures.
Amazing that we manage trips to the Midlands and beyond in the severest weather conditions only to find over zealous councils have ordered the schools to close. It were a lot different in my day, I hear you say. We all looked forward to creating treacherous slides and hurling snowballs at unsuspecting teachers: it was all part of the winter experience.
Nowadays, the kids are locked into their homes in front of their computers and mobile phones; "quelle change"!
Enough of the complaining, I did promise you a look at our wonderful new actress Tabitha.
Well, here she is, and you will be seeing her many times over the coming months.
 That's all from me for the present, but I will stay in touch, I promise,
Albert.....

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

THE SHOW WENT WELL

Today, at an independent school in Maidenhead, one that knows us well, Tabitha did her first performance of "Aesop's Fables".
Dare I say they loved it. In fact, the applause at the end was truly deafening.
So, what's the big deal, you ask?
Well, Tabitha has only been with us a week and, with NINE plays to learn, we are very impressed with the speed she is coming along.
Of course, the same has to be said of Paul, who has also been with us for only a short while, and he already has FOUR shows under his belt.
A long way to go yet and the busy Spring term is always a test, but we are confident of fulfilling all our many engagements with the quality performances our regulars have come to expect.
Half term is nearly upon us and that affords the opportunity to knuckle down to rehearsals and honing the finer points.
The wonderful part of having new actors is the innovations and ideas they bring. Sometimes I look back on the original scripts of twenty years ago and realise how much they have changed. The key important elements remain, but there is many a hint of enterprise and creativity that can be associated with the actors that portrayed the characters and enacted the scenes.
The golden rule is to quickly win over the audience and then milk them for all it is worth: add new jokes, use expression and body language to emphasise a point. You will be amply rewarded when you see the children really enjoying it.
As ever, I am prattling on. Have some more pictures.






Until next time, Albert signing off....

Monday, 21 January 2019

GREAT NEWS! GREAT NEWS!

We have just taken on a sparkling new actress.
Tabitha Thomas starts rehearsals today and we are all very excited.
Do keep your eyes on our "ACTORS" column as Tabitha will soon be adding her own biography, and I will shortly be posting a photo to accompany it.
In the meantime, read what she has to say about herself:

"I trained in professional dance and musical theatre, having come from a primarily dance based background. But I discovered acting at college and fell in love with transforming myself. I have always created my own work as I play many instruments and I love writing my own songs"

Of course, having read this, we insisted she sing for us at audition, and her voice is truly amazing: a memorable rendition of "Over the Rainbow".
Tabitha's first performances will be "Aesop's Fables", the first play we wrote back in 1999 and "The Gingerbread Man", our most popular production for the young ones.
I will leave you now with some photos from Aesop's Fables.
Until very soon,
Albert.....















Thursday, 10 January 2019

CHRISTMAS CAME AND WENT

Before you know it, it is all over!
One minute you are poring over the presents, wine and food, and the next you are welcoming the new year.
Then suddenly, it is well into January and the cold weather has arrived; thankfully, not the snow and ice, so keeping fingers crossed.
We have a busy schedule of plays and workshops, less of the seasonal fun stuff, and more curriculum related performances.
We have anew actor on board and are seeking a further one to complement the team.
Fitting rehearsals in between performances keeps us extremely busy and creates rather a "Catch 22" situation. We want the bookings, but need time off to rehearse.
On top of this, everyone wants New Workshops, and that means finding the time to devise them.
All in all, far too much to be doing. So I have to go now and just leave you with some more pictures.
Until soon, Albert.....







Tuesday, 18 December 2018

MY FIVE A DAY

No, I am not talking about fruit and, anyway, that myth has long been exploded.
I am referring to the average number of emails I receive every day offering to improve this website.
These appear to emanate from all over the World but, mainly India and China and sometimes the UK.
Of course there are the inevitable ones from the fraud capital of the World (not allowed to mention the country, but you all know where I mean).
There is a regular pattern to them all: rather like the unwanted telephone caller who starts off with "How are you today?". At which point you obviously hang up. Actually, if it is a live voice, and understandable, I may have a little fun first. Don't ask!!!
Yes, rather in the style of the shadow chancellor of the exchequer responding to the chancellor's budget address. He invariably praises his opponent for such an eloquent speech, and then proceeds to tear him apart.
So it is with those soliciting for our website business. "You have an excellent website however", and then they try to baffle me with technical jargon.
Somehow I manage to resist the temptation of responding with "yes, it is an excellent website. After all, so many of you are finding it without difficulty".
But no, once you reply, you are in their clutches.
Here endeth my bitch for today.
Let's look at a couple more pictures to remember what we do. Kids enjoying themselves.
Until next time,
Albert.......