I’ve finally found the time to review our first live show at the museum, …and this is my friend Mr Laurel. As you may have read recently Jeffrey Holland very kindly consented to come to Ulverston to perform his one man show. What a fantastic night we had, with faces old and new joining us to see the show and have a few drinks afterwards.
Jeffrey arrived early and we began setting up the stage lighting, doing sound checks, arranging props. He was lovely to work with, and very understanding of this new stage hand who was learning the ropes. Once the lighting was done and the sound levels checked, we began to run through the audio cues. If you don’t know how this works (I didn’t), I was to follow along with the script as Jeff performed it, starting and stopping the music at the right time as indicated. It’s the sort of thing which nobody notices when it goes right, but when it goes wrong it can ruin the play. Normally an experienced hand would be doing it, but as we didn’t have one of those it was down to me! After we gradually got to the point where I felt confident with my duties, Jeff quickly ran through my cues and we were ready.
The doors opened at 7 and we welcomed fans from all over the country, from South End to Edinburgh, along with plenty from Ulverston to join the fun. A quick drink and a catch up was enjoyed before the audience took their seats for the performance.
Of course, I wasn’t able to watch the show as I was secreted by the stage nervously following along waiting for my cues but the overwhelming response was that it was great show. Certainly from my point of view I could see that a great deal of care and attention had been put into finding the right mix of fun, fact and touching moments from the boys lives. Jeff pulled off a full hour of his monologue without missing a beat, a real professional who knew exactly how to captivate the audience. The applause at the end was well deserved.
After the show, Jeff stayed around to chat with the throng and graciously posed for pictures with fans and answered questions about all manner of subjects, from his career to his love of Laurel and Hardy.
All in all, a fantastic night and I’d like to extend my thanks to Jeff and his charming wife Judy for coming to visit. If you’d like to see Jeff in future shows, his website can be found here. If you’d like to come to the museum for our next event, more details are here.