Andrew Corcoran

musical direction - piano/keyboards - music preparation

Christmas in Cardiff

For a few short weeks, the Matilda tour has felt more - how should I say - ordinary? Rehearsals have purposefully not been scheduled over Christmas and New Year, largely due to extra performances and prescribed days off. Other than a few rehearsals for our new male swing and a returning Matilda preceding that, the tour has had a chance to really settle down nicely again with a run of continually sold-out performances at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

I was fortunate enough to get three whole days off over Christmas, returning to Cheshire once again to be with my parents. A very Chilled Christmas! Lots of great food, drink and relaxing. Perfect. Most of the company managed to have similarly relaxing times, and spirits have been high. We’ve just celebrated New Year 2019, with about half of us watching fireworks explode over the theatre from Roald Dahl Plass. All very apt.

Attention does of course now turn to 2019, the year that the first Matilda Tour will come to an end having started rehearsals way back in late-2017. In the immediacy, we have rehearsals! Elliot Harper’s run as Miss Trunchbull is about to begin, and he starts with us tomorrow. In just two weeks, rehearsals for our final cast of children will get underway in London and carry on until April. Then there will be just four months left of this epic tour. Time really is flying.

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and I’ll be back with an update in a month’s time once we’ve all settled into 2019!