We have to admit we have been basking a bit lately ... enjoying the glow of pride that comes from feeling that our audiences have been enjoying and appreciating what we do.
We got stunning reaction to our performance of The Signalman in the beautiful setting of Bonchurch Old Church, as part of Ventnor Fringe in August. By the way, to those people who couldn't get tickets, we WILL be doing it again very soon. And we were bowled over by the response to a preview of our new play The Souvenir, performed as a rehearsed reading with live music, at Quay Arts in September.
But there's no time to dwell in the past. We are preparing for a first read through of A Kind of Christmas Carol - our spoof version of the Dickens classic, which will be staged at Quay Arts on December 7 and 8. Will it be good enough to attract the performers we need? are there are any performers actually available during the busiest season of the year when just about everyone is involved in a pantomime?
Time will tell.
We are now also preparing a programme for next year at a time when there is increasing competition, not just from theatres and theatre companies, but also from big venues and attractions who understandably want to attract audiences all the year round.
We hope we are building a solid enough reputation that our work will always attract an audience, and so far so good. But we don't want simply to follow the 'bums on seats' approach by staging populist entertainment that you can find everywhere.
We want to be different, and looking ahead, we have no intention of changing.
But, for now at least, the basking is over ...