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14 May 2007


From Ralph Gowling, who helps book "Me and My Shadows" dates:

Yes Billie's set suffered badly as a result of the sound problems. The Songbirds in particular could barely be heard. Billie did her best to rise above the problems but of course it was not satisfactory and this will be politely made clear to the theatre. Theatre sound systems are proving to be a big headache because with the high costs of theatres these days you are often left in the hands of relatively inexperienced technicians who are not fully acquainted with the equipment. The problem at The Stables was compounded by the fact they had a new sound system and that to keep the costs of the show down they insisted on the artists using their own technician instead of Mac Poole. The theatres say they cannot spend when people don't support shows, so it becomes a vicious circle. It would be wrong to decry The Stables too much because they try hard within their budget to put on good shows and the theatre is widely rated as one of the most prestigious on the circuit. You only have to look at who they put on and how many shows they stage. Many other theatres rarely touch '60s shows apart from the Solid Silvers and are dark several nights of the week. Costs, costs, costs. That is why I have Mac at the controls on all the main shows at Amersham and see venues like that as the answer to keeping '60s music playing live.

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Rapiers Favourites

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