We’ve seen some terrific theatre over the last few months… but it can’t always be a complete hit or ‘wow’ reaction!
No surprise, a recent new production that SHOULD be good was actually a dud.
The audience was so collectively stunned that when the lights dimmed at the end of the performance, there was a resounding silence. Followed by an uncomfortably polite smattering of lacklustre applause.
No… I will not give further details or trash the folks involved – they were clearly sincere in their efforts. It just did NOT work.
Predictably, the post-play chats just outside the theatre reflected the experience. Then all it took was an off-hand comment: “You know what… I really think we deserve a drink after that!”
Which prompted my partner to turn to me – “Should we?”
And we found ourselves hosting a completely impromptu gathering at home.
As meaningless as the performance was, the informal after-party was delightful – rich with interesting conversations, crazy stories and laughter. All it took was an eclectic assortment of khanna (food), a few martinis and other beverages and most of all – amusing characters. Before we knew it – the clock spun past 2am.
The art of a fabulous impromptu evening lies in the unexpected unplanned quality – somehow by complete accident all the ingredients end up being just right.
What a brilliant way to salvage what would otherwise have been a wasted evening!