Yesterday, I finally reached the half way point on the ABC Tour after performing at M is for Monkey Sanctuary.
I load the equipment at 7:00am on Saturday morning, to pick up Courtney and Dan at 7:30am in the tour bus (VW Golf), for our drive from Bristol down to Cornwall. We arrive at the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, with plenty of time to suss out the venue and we were even treated to a private tour of the sanctuary by Sarah, our trusty guide. The sanctuary is amazing, and as well as stunning monkeys, has a fantastic view of the ocean that is mesmerising. I’d highly suggest going to the sanctuary if you can, and I would suggest even more going on a nice day.
We went on a cold rainy day and we still enjoyed it, however this brought with it a big bunch of other challenges. As it was rainy, the park didn’t have the packed out Easter weekend audiences that we expected. But what this did mean was the audiences that did brave the sanctuary in the rain, were very keen on the show. Swings and roundabouts. As it was raining, the area we were going to perform in outside was of no use to us, so instead Sarah showed us a very lovely little indoor stage with comically low ceilings. This was a challenge, but made the show feel very intimate and personal. Great.
The next issue with the rain was that we wanted to have a crack and trying to perform for the monkeys. But not only were the monkeys not a fan of rain, it turns out they weren’t that keen on juggling either.
I know I am sounding like a negative piece of work, but in all honesty, I think the rain helped! Without the rain, maybe the audience would’ve been more into the monkeys than me, maybe they would’ve had less focus. Without the rain, I would not have had the opportunity to perform in such a tiny space. And without the rain, who knows, maybe the monkeys would've loved juggling so much that they would learn the craft and put me out of a job? We will never know.
One of my highlights of the show was an improvised musical tube section with improvised juggling. Can I leave it there? Ok no, I’ll explain. In the performance space, there were these plumbing tubes at a 45 degree angle. These are here so that people can come up, hit the lower orifice of the tube with a table tennis bat, and create a musical note. The tubes of different lengths created different notes. I brought a child up to perform on the musical tubes whilst I improvise a juggling routine. I know it sounds convoluted, but I guess you had to be there.
Overall I think this show was a massive success. I’d like to say a big thank-you to Sarah at Wild Futures for making this show possible, and for Courtney and Dan for filming and helping out big time.
More ABC tour news coming very soon…..