3 litres of ginger beer and 2 Nytols after an early night done for my morning. Woken by call from my film agent asking for my response to a script he’d sent up for a movie shooting in March that I’d read yesterday evening over 3 sittings. It didn’t grab me and the fact it took 3 sittings was not a good sign. There was a possible conflict with shoot times for the movie I have already signed on for next Spring in Canada and that is definitely a more interesting project.
I’d like to think I can get involved in more film work next year but I’m not going to jump at every fly that hits the water! It’s going to be busy enough in the next 12 months so I need to choose carefully.Good to hear from my agent though!
A meeting with a representative from the Haddington Trust as finally people are looking at renovating the Corn Exchange and creating a venue of note. As someone who’s used it over the years and has a fair bit of experience of multi purpose venues in small towns I was asked for my opinions. Needless to say I relished the opportunity to finally provide some input into a venue that is sadly underused and which could be a sparkling gig!
I’ve decided to get more involved and if the ideas and plans move forward as we hope then I might consider bring the convention back to it’s spiritual home in Haddington next Summer. There’s a lot of work but the first phase which is intended to address the dreadful acoustics could make a huge difference and attract other acts who’ve been off the same opinion as me regarding the sound in the hall. There’s a meeting at the Corn Exchange on Monday night with the other “user groups” and it appears there’s a lot of agreement on the renovation plans and future usage of this Grade 2 listed building. After all these years of inaction it’s exciting to feel the energies gather and focus on this neglected historical building which could return to it’s place as a hub and gathering centre for the local community and beyond.
The FTC was up to drop of tour equipment and remove the old monitor system that we rarely use these days that was bought way back in 90 in the days when Andy Field was my production manager. It’s old, heavy and impractical and takes up too much room in my garage. It had been occupying too much space in my living space as it had been there since rehearsals and my cleaner was complaining!. There’s room for the Christmas tree now!
Gradually, bit by bit, I am reclaiming the house again although the control room is still a hectic packing station as Lofty and Gregor fulfill the orders which are constantly streaming in. Elspeth has told me she will be working on the mail days between the designated holidays so orders will keep moving out and we can stay on top of everything.Our plan is working and the great reviews keep on coming in to spur the sales and introduce “Feast” to a lot of people out there who are rediscovering what I’ve been up to over the years!
Visiting my parents with Tara today and trying to get my head around Christmas.Time to get the tree and start decorating the house methinks. As always it’s last minute with me although I’ve grown a fine Santa Claus beard for the festivities! Now where did I put the outfit ?