“The audience sat transfixed, riveted…Chris Foote Wood follows in the glorious tradition of the likes of Simon Callow, Patrick Stewart and the immortal Charles Laughton, in bringing the world of Dickens vividly to life” - East Coast fm.
Eaves Green Community Centre, Chorley
My mate Peter Hilton pointing to the poster advertising my show in October - and it's only May! Peter is a great guy who does a huge amount of voluntary work connected with the the Eaves Green Centre. Amongst other things, he arranges for a pantomime every Christmas, put on by a professional company. Peter is helping to sell tickets and advertise the show. Natalie Holt and Carol Gore of Chorley Council have also been very helpful, and centre caretaker Alf is friendly and helpful (not like some I have encountered on my travels!).
Haigh Hall, Wigan
I was born in a stately home, so this is just the right venue for me(!) Lisa Lamari does a great job ensuring that Haigh Hall is used as much as possible with all sorts of events throughout the year. She already has her Christmas programme advertised, including my show of course. The room we are using for the show is excellent, and my dressing room is big enough to play five a side football. Pictures below show the advert in front of the Hall, yours truly practising there and me with the lovely Lisa.
Manor School Theatre, Nether Poppleton York
Entertaining 200 Yorkshire Women! "Dickens" went down well with North Riding Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association at Nether Poppleton on October 30. The theatre at the Manor School was ideal, and the PA system excellent.
The Laverton, Westbury, Wilts
This is another fine venue with a hall and stage on the first floor (yes, there is a lift). The acoustics are excellent and the small dressing room (which is all I need) opens straight onto the stage. David Lawrence of Westbury Town Council is providing enthusiastic support. I'm giving two shows here, a full reading of "A Christmas Carol" (using Dickens' own prompt text) in the afternoon, and "An Evening with Charles Dickens" in the, well, evening. Visiting Westbury gave me a good excuse for taking another look at Stonehenge which is not far away.