I have been to my fair share of bad theatre. But no bad theatre can match the depths of my first professional acting job. I had been employed by a producer/actor/director/megalomaniac who was starring herself in her own play! You might think that a production’s purpose is to engage or entertain an audience; to make us think, to feel, or to question. It quickly became apparent that this production’s sole purpose was to get industry recognition.
Sadly this is true of too much fringe theatre – it’s for the actors to showcase themselves and not for the audience to enjoy themselves. It makes me not want to go and it certainly makes me not want to invite people!
For the last few months, I’ve been part of a small team putting together the ChristChurch London Christmas Carol Service and although there are lots of differences between ChristChurch and London’s fringe theatre this is going to be the biggest difference: we care about the experience of the audience!
One thing I’ll promise you, on 11 December we are going to do our best to treat our guests like VIPs. We want everyone to be engaged, entertained, left with an all over Christmassy feeling and a positive experience of ChristChurch London. We don’t want anyone to feel left out, cringing with embarrassment or looking for the fire escape.
So get inviting people! I’m excited about the friends and family I’ve got coming. I’m excited about introducing them to ChristChurch London. We may not have stained glass windows, bells and smells, or an organ – but we’ve got you, me, a choir, a band, pretty lights, mince pies, mulled wine, David Stroud… oh and the audience we invite.
ChristChurch London Carol Service
Date: Sun Dec 11
Time: 11.00 and 16.00
Venue: The Mermaid Theatre, EC4V 3DB
Flyers are available at church, or download a copy to send to your friends.