"It’s hard to see how this production could be improved on. Festive family theatre rarely gets better than this." Nigel Smith for The Stage
After a well earned Christmas break, I had almost no time this year before getting right back into designing with my annual pantomime, for financial giant PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. Avenue Q has been getting ready to bring the house down in Cardiff and there was also a new exciting project, Peter Quilter's End Of The Rainbow. The play is about the last few months of Judy Garlands life, and is set to tour the UK with an all star cast. Its opening in February at the beautiful Mercury Theatre Colchester, and Im looking forward to getting back to returning after I received such a friendly welcome there last year opening Avenue Q. Whilst the show is a play, it features many of Judy's big musical numbers, Some are performed as we step through the story whilst others are set within the 60's venue "The Talk Of The Town" with the sound of a seven piece big band backing Judy's legendary voice. I've been in and out of rehearsals and I can't wait to get into tech with this gritty and sometimes dark show. As I write this, I'm taking a break from recording some of the shows many subtle sound effects required throughout the performance. I've also been specifying the microphones for our band recording and those used on stage for our fabulous cast. If you are a fan of Judy Garland or the 60's in general, you should come and see whats promising to be a great show.