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TR2 Theatre Royal Plymouth Workshops

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

The Very Impressive TR2 Workshops

TR2 Paint Frame

As we were in Plymouth Grit and I thought it would be really nice to visit the TR2 centre which is the impressive workshop base for the Theatre Royal Plymouth. We phoned Julie Perrin who is actually a freelance scenic artist who leases the large paint frame. TR2 was immediately very impressive, new, and on a grand scale. To cover the obviously high overheads of the centre, they take on outside contracts. The wardrobe department were working on a show in Copenhagen. Many of Cameron Mackintosh’s shows are built or part built here and the Theatre Royal often opens shows prior to them moving to the West End. Julie Perrin is one of the country’s most skillfull scenic artists and is kept very busy. Curently she is working on Mathew Bournes new Sleeping Beauty designed by Les Brotherston. This show will open in Plymouth prior to moving to Sadlers Wells. TR2 centre looks like a brilliant place to work with large spacious workshops and some really nice quality work. I was very impressed by the quality of a plywood cove piece built with great prescision. Well done to whoever had the vision to create this valuable asset to British technical theatre.

The Isle of Man

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

What a friendly place! Everyone is so kind and relaxed.


Yesterday we went to watch the motor bike road racing which looked pretty dangerous. We sat on a gate post at a road corner hoping no one was going to hit the cottage on the corner. It was a 4 mile walk from the boat and we were hungry by the time we left. Alas the Shore Hotel had stopped serving food so we ate a Chinese meal on a bench in the rain. I was really tired by the time we got back to Sumara as I had only had a few hours sleep sailing down.

Sitting on the Comfy Steam Train

Steam Train with Jannicke









This morning we took the lovely steam train into Douglas. That’s how trains should be, with windows you can open and secure with leather belts.

Act Drop Gaiety Theatre

As we were going to Douglas I phoned Seamus Shea from the Gaiety Theatre to see if we could get a look backstage. He was having a half day but very kindly arranged for Ted to show us around.

Corsican Trap in the Gaitey Theatre

The Gaiety has the only working Corsican Trap in the world plus some large bridge lifts salvaged from the Lyceum in Edinburgh. The front of house is by Frank Matcham and is in wonderful condition.

There is an impressive Act Drop and loads of beautiful touches. I liked the pegs for holding the side masking in position – I’ve never seen anything like it before. Simple and effective. I’ll try to put some photos up later. This afternoon we may climb Snaefell, or part of it. There is a mountain train to help us on our way.

The weather looks OK for us to set off on the back of an approaching depression. It should provide a nice northerly airstream so we hope to arrive in Aberystwyth on Saturday .


Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Thembi overhauls Sumara en route to Reykjavik.

Now I’m sitting in a cosy cafe sheltering from the gale. We moored outside the new concert hall next to Thembi at 0230 this morning before the wind got up. It was a grand sail but the wind eventually dropped off. There were continuous gale warnings on the VHF so we decided to start up the engine rather than hang around. But would it start? Nope. It would have made a good start to a naff horror movie. In any case after a bit of a prod around the electrics we tried again and it eventually perked up. I think it was just playing a naughty trick on us. A good reminder to make sure you always have a plan B.
I’ve just had a tour of the new concert hall which surely must make the whole trip tax deductable.
I think it cost 260 billion Islandic kroner, a snip.
It is warmer here but the nights are getting dark for a few hours.