I was delighted to be invited along to the Hawk’s Well Theatre last night to see The Wheelchair on My Face and have a nosey around the place….which as I’m a very nosey person suited me down to the ground 🙂
I didn’t take photo’s of the show. It was very funny though and also moving in places. Part memoir, part theatre, part stand-up comedy, The Wheelchair on My Face relates the hilarious and poignant story of Sonya Kelly’s myopic childhood. Her extreme short-sightedness remained undetected for years, which made for a somewhat bewildering childhood, the details of which are related by Kelly in side-splittingly funny detail.
“I got my first pair of glasses when I was seven,” Kelly informs her audience. “A nurse came to the school and tested everyone’s eyes. And so it was discovered why I’d thrown bread to the floating crisp packets in our local pond and walked into lampposts and said, ‘Excuse me’. Until that day the world was a swirl of moving coloured blobs. I thought it was the same for everyone. How wrong I was.”
If you do get a chance to see it I would highly recommend it. I loved the fact she talked to Abba ‘who lived in her wardrobe!’
So on to the tour, I wasn’t alone there were some other people who I follow on twitter there and I’d met a few of them before. I got to meet Deirdre from the theatre who I have had several conversations on twitter with and I felt I already knew her so it’s great to put faces to names. The photo above is the green room, which is a lovely cosy room with comfy couches and a mini kitchen plus a tv that shows the stage so the artists know when they have to move.
It was great being on the stage (the first and last time I’ve been on that stage 😉 ). The theatre seats 340 people, I found this surprising as it doesn’t look that big. It’s a lovely intimate theatre though and the sound is great in it. We’ve been to see several musical acts there and have always been impressed with the acoustics.
The foyer is lovely and bright and there’s a well stocked bar. There are several exhibitions which take place in the foyer throughout the year. At the moment ‘In The Minds Eye’ by Wayne O’Connor is on display. I really enjoyed looking at his work, he’s very talented.
We got to meet Francis who told us all about the technical side of the theatre. I really had no idea about the amount of hard work that went in to the shows. What with the sets, lighting and sound. We also got to meet Marie the director of the theatre, she has made a huge difference to the place and there have been some great shows there and many more to come.
We got to look in the office as well. Loads of cables and all kinds of gadgets around the place. We also got to see one of the dressing rooms….I did chuckle at the filing cabinet in front of the shower, I was assured that there are other showers so that’s OK.
Thanks so much for Deirdre and all at the Hawk’s Well Theatre for inviting me along and for being so helpful and informative. I had a great evening.