Ok. Change of plan. No exhibition review today. I think this day merits a bit of celebration. I am scheduling this particular post for exactly 11.10pm – round about the time when The Crucible usually finished these last twelve weeks. And why do I do so? To mark the last time the curtain falls on the play (despite lack of curtain on round stage), to celebrate the achievements of the director, cast, and crew of The Crucible, and to say well done to everyone who played in, worked on, and enjoyed The Crucible. That, dear readers, includes all of you, because you have supported and encouraged the artists and theatre workers with your enthusiastic reports, visits, blog posts, letters, tweets, status updates, instagrams and presents, too.
What a summer we have had. The RA blog world turned into a crucible of its own – with daily news reports, play reviews and SD recounts. I thought it was quite intense (even though I missed most of the first third of it). But it also gave a lot of structure. My morning ritual included getting up to check RA’s latest SD outfit. During the day I would catch up on reviews and accounts, and adding my own two Cents’ worth to it. Many an evening I would check my watch and unwittingly think “Oh, it’s 8pm. Now he’s on stage.” And by 11.30pm I’d be thinking wistfully of the SD, and envy the ladies and gents who’d be excitedly waiting for RA to show his face…
I admit, there is a slight feeling of sadness in the pit of my stomach. Change, although exciting and good, also evokes my resistance. If you ask me, this could’ve gone on indefinitely. Preferably with monthly overnighters to London to see the play and with allocated SD spots.
Maybe with brass name plaques on the pavement? But well, panta rhei.
And so I raise my glass to Mr Armitage and I say
“Well done! Marvellously done, in fact. You were great. You proved your acting chops. You shocked me. You awed me. You made me cry and made me wince. I tensed inside and shook on the outside. There were goosebumps on my skin and my blood boiled in my veins. I came out of that play inspired and impressed. And disgusted and deflated. Full of rage and full of hope. *You* did that. And that is something to be proud of. Whatever you turn to next, you can always be proud of this. You have done something unforgettable. For yourself and for your audience. Thank you.”
To make the farewell to Proctor, inflationary RA news and daily chest hair updates a little sweeter, I have a little give-away for you. When in London for the play, I remembered Jane’s little scheme and bought three more Crucible posters. They need to go (I already have one). Each of them comes with a couple of surprise gifts, all RA-related. Postage and packaging all paid by Guylty, smoulder courtesy R.C. Armitage. Leave a comment on the blog post and you are in. Give-away open until 1pm (GMT) Wednesday, 17th September, 2014.