It's finally here. After months of research and development and four intense weeks of rehearsal we put the show in front of an (impressively large) paying audience at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. I didn't know what to expect. Would they love it? Would they hate it? Would they understand it?
Apart from a few niggles with ironing out sound levels - the sound design is a richly layered epic beast - the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. People found it beautiful, spellbinding, dazzling and spectacular which is always lovely to hear as an artist. But much more importantly nearly every audience member commented on how the piece had opened their eyes to something of which they'd previously been entirely ignorant. And in the post show discussion after the performance they asked such intelligent and difficult questions which Professor Stuart Reynolds (our scientific adviser) and Dr Sheila Halliday-Pagg (from our partner charity Impact UK) answered with clarity and sensitivity.
Here's hoping that all the other organisations with whom we're talking about the future life of the show follow in the footsteps of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Luton Hat Factory (who are taking the work in December) and programme the work in their venues and festivals so we can enlighten and educate more audiences about the ongoing tragedy of arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh whilst simultaneously giving them an evening of beautiful aerial performance.