None of this is going to be like the real thing of course, but I hope it’ll be an adequate substitute and I hope it’ll be well supported.
This theatre has been a remarkable success story. It was a Georgian theatre, long disused as such and most recently was used as a storage warehouse by clothing importers. A group of enthusiasts started a fund to get it converted back and at that time there were still generous EU grants – all the same, they had to raise an equivalent sum themselves. I honestly thought it was a pipe dream, but they did it and it’s a brilliant venue and they have all sorts of imaginative showings there. It’s also available for hire for various events – the local branch of Nadfas uses it, for instance, and there are book signings, parties, charity dos and so on. A lot of the people who manage it are volunteers and it’s a labour of great love. I don’t get there enough – the Sage isn’t fond of theatre or cinema and I don’t like to leave him too often in the evening. I used to have various meetings in the evenings, but not now, or rarely.
Tomorrow morning, I must print out the address labels for the catalogue for the next sale – I meant to do it today. I hope I’ve got enough sheets of labels, though I can buy a few more locally if necessary. I’ll tell you about the sale another day.
I was practising the organ the other day when it occurred to me that I’d never seen myself play – well, obviously, since I’ve never been filmed. So I did – that is, I started my phone camera and balanced it on the sheet music ledge and played it back. Yes well, it was amusing anyway. Rest assured, I deleted it once watched – no one else has or will see it! I look so solemn – though there wasn’t too much scope for mistakes in Abide With Me, at least. At least I keep my eyes on the music rather than the keyboard most of the time…