THE VIEW FROM THE WINGS
With yet again another full hall, we were entertained by Brian Freeland with his talk "View from the Wings". Brian’s theatre career started in 1959, direct from National Service, as Trainee Manager at the London Palladium, and has taken him to forty-three different countries including three residencies in the Middle East; eight tours of the Indian sub-continent and two circumnavigations of the globe.
He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and London Festival Ballet Companies, Scottish Opera, Nottingham Playhouse and Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company.
He entertained us from his experiences with everything from variety (Butlin’s Holiday Camps and the London Palladium) to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Scottish Opera and Sadler’s Wells Ballet. With many funny and sometimes saucy anecdotes from his experiences over the years, he demonstrated that the stage manager’s view from the prompt corner is very different to that from our comfortable seats in the stalls or circle. It was a thoroughly entertaining talk which enhanced our knowledge of "backstage" in an amusing and enjoyable way.
Brian concluded his talk with a brief description of his new book "Meanderings, a river and a life". You can find out more about it from his website HERE.