Well it's all over. Rehearsal ran straight from Carolling on Saturday afternoon through to 7:30 in the evening, then started again for us on Sunday afternoon immediately after the Sunday morning meeting (service). In fact as I arrived to the terminal on Sunday, the ferry with all the cast and crew had just arrived and we were greeted by a panicking floor manager. We all managed to get our kit together and do the rehearsal as soon as we all arrived.
The whole band got together for the last rehearsal on Sunday afternoon on the final run through which was meant to run in real time but didn't quite.
The logistics in running the production where immense, we saw a bit of what went on in the background.
There was a lot of waiting around for "our turn" and the evening turned very cold as darkness came (-3 when we got in Pete's car to go home). We struggled with tuning and we couldn't really hear what was going on with the recording.
At the last minute, just before the ferry came, there was a water leak from some equipment on the landing stage which immediately froze solid just where we where walking through the "thugs". I had thoughts of the band falling over on live telly, and having a bit of a Laurel and Hardy moment. But people where careful and it went OK in the end.
Pictures from Glyn (Thanks mate)
Mark and Geoff marching in to save Mary and Joseph.
Dave, Wally and Kev.
Steph Dave Kev and a bit of Glyn S.