Report by Tryst ASM Hugh Jarse
Additional Reporting by Lou Swires
Tryst’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
2009 UK tour took it from East Kilbride to Falkirk where Jim,
Brian and Alan performed in the town’s Springtime Festival.
The large Town Hall space does not really lend itself to
the intimate setting the play requires but with some skilful
lighting and reducing the width and depth of the stage, the
audience willingly suspended its disbelief and understood
we were indeed in a cramped Beirut cellar. The club entered
the play in the Eastern Division full-length festival and
was delighted to welcome adjudicator Ron Nicol accompanied
by the dapper Stephen Lambert.
Audience reaction afterwards was very encouraging and at
the private adjudication, Ron was complimentary. At least
we think he was: what else could "Good wasn't the word",
"I'm speechless" and "You've done it again"
Heartened by the response, cast and crew got up the following
morning at 0330 to head for the airport for the following
night’s performance in Felixstowe. There are so many
highlights of this flying visit, and so little space to report
them, but the list, bizarrely, would have to include transvestites,
Essex Girls, top of the range Jaguars, Romanian waitresses
and boosting the profits of Bells whisky.
Adjudicator Mike Kaiser was even-handed, praising some outstanding
work but critical of other things in our pared-down, travelling
production. Come the final night, he awarded Brian Paterson
the FADOS Cup for Best Actor, highlighting BP’s wonderful
graveyard monologue which was a “coup de theatre”,
and he also gave the Ray Jacobs Memorial Trophy for Highest
Marks for Team Acting to Tryst for their, well, acting.
It was our first time at the Felixstowe Festival and already
we’re thinking about next year...and what will work
out of two suitcases. Maybe not The Steamie, then.
Next stop on the Tour – Welwyn Garden City....which
means Luton Airport, backward-facing taxis and retail therapy
at John Lewis. Tristan Fabriani will report on this debacle.