Oh my lord the last couple of weeks have been ridiculously busy! On top of the day job (which is supposed to get quieter when the students aren't here but doesn't, and University staff don't get the summer off either before you ask), I have also had a Play Reading Group to run, auditions for our next play to attend, a school friend's wedding on a Saturday (first time I have ever been to a wedding with Jewish elements, it was brilliant!), Steve has been in Cairo for work, we have our house on the market (eek!), we had our Players monthly social, Hay Fever was on, which meant doing the dress rehearsal photo's, selling programmes one evening and actually going to see it and my fit club has started again. One Tuesday evening I was triple booked. I have no idea how, my diary management has just collapsed. It has just been a whirlwind of activity!
Deal Festival was taking place. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to nearly as much as I wanted due to said whirlwind above; it just wasn't physically possible, but I did manage to get to one event on a beautiful Sunday afternoon when I had a few free hours. The Deal Youth Theatre were performing an original production called 'Commemorating World War I, Pathfinder'. Steve was due to go to Cairo the next morning and needed to pack so I went alone to watch the group perform.
The Astor Theatre in Deal is a lovely little community theatre- simple but perfect for small productions and a real hub in the heart of Deal. Pathfinder was commissioned to commemorate the First World War and penned by local writer Rhiannon Tise, with funding from the BBC Performing Arts
Fund and Deal Town Council. Tise developed a story inspired by
ideas generated by the young people who wanted to do a production about the war that involved a ghost; the result is Pathfinder, a ghostly
love story spanning a hundred years. The play draws on multiple factual references to Deal's involvement in the war
I'm really a bit gutted I wasn't able to make it to more of the Festival - it has just been one of those weeks unfortunately and I simply did not have the time to make it. A shame, as I really wanted to see Romeo and Juliet in Walmer Castle, Jitterbug by the Aurora Orchestra and the Cory Band. I'm hoping that next year I will be able to see more.
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