Here I am, back from Aberdeen, and swinging from gloomy (It's all over!) to pretty hyper (It was brilliant!)!! I took my mother in law, who is registered blind but has some sight; we were in the third row, and although she couldn't see faces, she could see well enough to follow what was going on. We have managed to get her to get hearing aids, which have transformed her life, and she could hear the play perfectly - she was chuckling away all evening! I think I enjoyed this visit the most - Michael and Simon were both on top form, and I knew what to watch for. I laughed soooo much!
When they were about to blow open the safe, Michael flapped round behind the sofa and fell over. When he emerged, he hobbled to where simon was waiting, and said, "Ow, that hurt!" He stood there rubbing his foot and wincing, so Simon ad-libbed, "Well, that's what you get for mucking around!" What with Michael and the audience laughing, it was a minute or two before Simon could detonate the gelignite. During the sacking of the room, Michael was heading right across the stage, and flung two cushions vigorously behind him, one of which hit Simon on the head. We laughed, so Simon waited in mid stride, looking at Michael, who was looking around thinking "What?? What???" At the beginning of the 2nd act, when the phone rings, Simon goes to the record player to turn it off - or down? Anyway, I don't know whether he is really controlling the deck or whether someone was not on the ball, but the music didn't stop until he slammed the lid down!
After the performance I parked Mum and went down to the stage door - there were only two of us waiting - I forgot to ask the other woman's name, but she is involved with Michael's fansite - she went to 7 of the 8 performances in Glasgow, has now been twice in Aberdeen, and has a ticket for the last night in Newcastle, though she might not be able to go - can anyone beat that?? Michael was out first, and came straight up to me -he forgot my name, but not my face - and I've had a fairly radical haircut, so I don't look like the Wicked Witch of the West any more!! We had a wee chat - his foot was fine!! - and he signed both programmes for me. By this time Simon had come out - "You here again?!" - so I explained about bringing Mum, and that she has COPD so couldn't manage the walk to the stage door, but we could see her so he stood there waving to her - Bless! I hadn't the heart to tell him that she probably couldn't see him - it's the thought that counts! He also signed both programmes, and we had a brief chat - and I gave him my Sharpie. I bought several - he says he keeps losing them!!
I went back to where Mum was waiting for James to pick us up, which just happened to be at the exit of the theatre car park. Shortly after, Simon left - he was being driven, but smiled and waved energetically - but I didn't quite get Mum turned round in time to see him. And then Michael drove up. He waved, and was half out of the car park onto the main road, but he stopped, wound down the window and said hello to Mum. She said how much she had enjoyed the performance, and they shook hands, and she was sooo chuffed! I think that really made her night!!
So a great night was had by all - a fantastic performance given by two really smashing guys.
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