Andorra, 23, 24 & 25 February 1978

I got involved with “proper drama” at Alleyn’s for a couple of productions.  Andorra by Max Frisch was the first of them, when I was just 15.  Here are my diary extracts.

The first block, from January, show no emotion at having got a decent part in a Bear Pit production:

“Friday 13 January 1978, Got a talking part in the school play – I’m the innkeeper – V pleased, 16 January 1978, should have rehearsed – cancelled, 17 January 1978, first Andorra rehearsal, 20 January 1978, rehearsed for Andorra, 23 January 1978, rehearsed for Andorra, 24 January 1978 Andorra rehearsal, 26 January 1978, rehearsed for Andorra, 27 January 1978, rehearsed for Andorra, 30 January 1978, rehearsed for Andorra, 31 January 1978, Andorra rehearsal.”

Two weeks in, by the start of February, I’m a critic as well as a performer.  Didn’t I know about hubris?  I was way overconfident anyway – “perfected” is not a term I would ever use now:

“Thursday 02 February 1978, rehearsed for Andorra – OK, 03 February 1978, rehearsed for Andorra – OK, 05 February 1978, first Sunday rehearsal for Andorra – not bad, 06 February 1978, rehearsed for Andorra, 07 February 1978, Andorra rehearsal – good, 09 February 1978, rehearsed for Andorra – good – seems to be OK, 10 February 1978, rehearsed in evening for Andorra, 12 February 1978 rehearsal for Andorra in afternoon – a good one, 13 February 1978, rehearsed for Andorra – not bad, 14 February 1978, scene 11 of Andorra perfected.”

Matters were bound to take a turn for the worse after that and so they did:

“Friday 15 February 1978, Dennis [Galvin] rushed to hospital last night with colitis – Mick Lemp [Michael Lempriere] has taken over, 16 February 1978, rehearsed for Andorra – not bad rehearsal but still looks poor, 17 February 1978, field day and rehearsal, 19 February 1978, rehearsal cancelled as Mick Lemp visits relatives in Exeter, 20 February 1978, Mick stuck in snowdrift, Dan [Shindler] in bed with flu, disaster for play, 21 February 1978, Rehearsed all day for Andorra – Mick & Dan & Den all absent, 22 February 1978, flop dress rehearsal this evening – does not look good.”

But the show had to go on:

“Thursday 23 February 1978, Yesterday’s flop dress rehearsal lead to an almost empty house [tonight] watching a great performance, 24 February 1978, 2nd night of Andorra – even better than last night – 3/4 house – enjoyed it, 25 February 1978, Last night of Andorra – 7/8 house – performance good – party afterwards – got drunk.”

With thanks to Mike Jones, who rescued a copy of the programme, here are scans of the pages:

Andorra CoverAndorra CastAndorra Bear Pit Production TeamAndorra PreambleAndorra Acknowledgements

 

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