Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Good Luck Tom Thumb

Last week I was fortunate to receive a guided tour of the Tom Thumb theatre in Cliftonville by Frankie Jordan. It doesn't take long with the theatre only having a capacity of 60 including standing. Every piece of space is critical. Frankie is unsure whether to remove the organ which takes enough space for 2 or possibly 3 more people to join the audience. Next to the stage there is a little space to knock through and create a kiosk for improving bar sales. Frankie was pleased the theatre was sold out that day but is keen to attract other productions. Tom Thumb would welcome any local performing groups to get in touch about staging their performances. I have been to some local amateur dramatics where the audience has been lost in a larger venue. The small size and intimacy of Tom Thumb means a relatively small audience creates a great atmosphere. What greater prospect to book a performance can there be than that satisfying feeling of a producer in saying "sold out" for a show, which is a realistic prospect for any show. My thanks to Frankie for her kind and generous attention and best wishes for future productions.

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