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Barber of Seville
The cast and crew have now all left, and we breathe no small sigh of relief that our faith was rewarded. We made it to the end without anyone getting ‘it’. It is possibly not necessary to spell out quite how risky an undertaking this was, but we did it.
Due to the courage of all involved, and the audience must be included in this acknowledgement, we were able to share this jewel like production with 807 people, providing the cast, crew and orchestra with a much missed live audience, and due to our bubbling (Rigorous initial PCR testing, and quarantining of singers coming from abroad, and Lateral Flow/Rapid Antigen Testing throughout their time here) PLUS strict social distancing of all visitors, this enabled the cast to perform, and the audience to be presented with, a currently rare UN-Socially Distanced performance, making this possibly one of the most special productions Clonter has ever delivered. Certainly the most nail biting but to receive the following, one of the most worthwhile:
‘A party of eight of us attended Saturday evening’s performance of The Barber of Seville and excellent it was. The cast was top class, with staging to match, and the orchestra did us proud, all of which was achieved in the most tricky of circumstances.
It was so good to be back in close touch with performers in a theatre once again, after the horrendous hiatus. We enjoyed ourselves enormously and thank you all for a such a joyous evening.’
Joyous indeed, to be able to do what we do, providing a platform for emerging talent, but this year more than any other, to make and share glorious music with a live audience. So along with some precious gold medals at the Olympics, (no gold medals in swimming for 100 years one is told) this seems like quite a historic moment in Clonter’s nigh on 50 year history as well.
Thank you to all those who trusted Clonter to keep them safe both sides of the curtain. And for those that still, understandably, felt nervous about coming out still, we very much hope you may feel able to join us for one of the following in the coming months.
For those of you who would have liked to have come to the Barber, it has been recorded and will be available on Vimeo, so watch this space. To wet your appetite do take a look at the photos, and read the review.
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