Last night was a bit epic – free champagne cocktails all night – dangerous. Haven’t been this hungover in a long while, but on the plus side the great and the good of the opera world were all there. I’m distinctly rubbish at networking but luckily Will knew half of them from all his strangely high-profile work as a video designer in international opera, so he made some introductions. Though he’s always forgetting people’s names so he’s very good at introducing me to them but not vice versa. Oh well.
Today we’re making pumpkin soup for lunch – having an accountant friend from the Barbican over to put us through our accounting paces (or rather Metta’s accounting paces). I’m hoping the soup is complicated enough to keep me in the kitchen so I can avoid the accounting part, but I’m sure Heather will be making notes…
Then tonight another party – Chantelle (Deputy Producer at Out of Joint) is having a proper Halloween party. I’m going as a bat. I’m going to wear a bat-wing top and draw on some fangs in eye-liner – too hung over for anything more impressive.
Off to Theatre503 this morning to audition for the puppet play. Very exciting. Though several actors have come down ill so may have to have more next week. After a good few months of not that much on it’s suddenly about to get very busy again in November. Good, but also eek!
Better jump on the bus to Clapham, with some cold chinese for breakfast. Mmmm…
more cold chinese
…oh I hate auditions. Everyone is far too brilliant, how am I expected to be able to choose between them. Still on the plus side looks like Coalition will have a stonkingly good cast whoever we eventually pick. Also auditions make me a bit hysterical. After the auditions for HMS Pinafore (we saw 75 people in one day) I was bouncing off the walls.
Now time to get ready for Antony McDonald’s 60th – it’s great being married to Will, he gets invited to all the glamorous parties!
So today I’m off to meet the co-writers of the play I’m directing for the Coalition Festival at Theatre503 – Nimer Rashed and Ronnie Le Drew (who was the puppeteer of Zippy in Rainbow). Very excited – I mean you can’t get much cooler than Zippy!
Then this evening we’re having Heather (Metta Theatre Exec Producer) and Liam (Metta Theatre Resident Graphic Designer) over for a chinese, to say thank you for the amazing new Metta Theatre website.