22 Dec Christmas comes to The Bridge
Here is my usual drama blog for this week. I have mislaid some of my notes so I may not mention everything.
Today we had loads of visitors for the last session before we break up for Christmas. I think everyone was there?
We started with Brandon saying today was his birthday and the last session before we break up for Christmas. Then Mathew James said he watched the Freewheelers’ performance of Bogsy Mahone last Monday night (based on the children’s film Bugsy Malone, by Alan Parker).
Next Brandon asked if anyone has been, or is going, to a show in the next few days. Richard Watson saw a play at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, Sussex; all about fairy tales. He said he enjoyed it, as did the cast, crew and audience of Bogsy Mahone. Brandon said he saw a show in Brighton (I think it was was Airtime?); he then showed us all a clip of the show on the computer. We said it was interesting and we might like to see it for ourselves, when it goes on tour.
I think we then had the special Christmas lunch of turkey, stuffing, sausages, with roast potatoes, vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce! Then we had Brandon’s birthday cake and Christmas pudding (or even both if you wanted). Later on, we thanked Pip for making it, and sang Brandon Happy Birthday. I think they both appreciated it?
In the afternoon we continued to do some more work on the Freewheelers’ next production, which will start with someone in a coma – with the noise of the machine to keep them alive as the opening soundtrack. Later on, episodes of Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, and other comedy programs will be played to the person in the coma to try and bring them back to life.
We had a Christmas karaoke session with Brandon and sang songs such as Last Christmas by Wham; Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid; and Fairy Tale of New York by Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues (this is my favourite Christmas song) and others. We also sang We Wish You A Merry Christmas for volunteer Jenni who is leaving in the New Year to work with a singing group for older people. We gave her a gift I do not know what it was. Jenni hopes to come and watch some of our productions in the future. Also, in our next production, we hope to work with a man who works with puppets called Nicks Barnes, musician Tom Gray and a new playwright?
We then watched Poppy perform Isolation by Jenny Musgrove and said what we thought of it; we said we liked it. Then a cool down session with Brandon and Andrea, and some drama games too.
Brandon then wished us all Season’s Greetings, and looked forward to see us again next year – we said the same to him!
In conclusion I think today went well and I think the rest will think so too.
May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
By Andy M