First to introduce myself – my name’s Natalie Walker and I’m the Stage Manager on BUNNY. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the show 29 times so far (and as I write this we’ve only got two to go) and having been part of the BUNNY gang for so long, there are a few things I’d like to say before our illustrious production draws to a close.
Firstly, a word on Rosie Wyatt. I still marvel at her turns of phrase, and whilst most Wyatt-isms should, and will, remain unpublished, I’ll miss her doing the Tim Vine dance for me every now and then, and asking questions like “Do I look like my headshot?”.
Yes Rosie, you do. Because it’s you.
Next, a word to the team at the Iron Belly, Underbelly. Our Edinburgh technicians were an eclectic bunch, always cheerful, happy and helpful, even though they work long hours and sometimes forget what daylight looks like. My maths head tells me that between myself, Kirsty Patrick Ward, and the Underbelly techs (Peter, Jude, Not-Peter, Not-Jude and The Other One) we refocused 100 lights and tied over 500 knots to hold the screen up every day. So a round of applause for the Edinburgh team.
It’s been a pleasure as always to work with Joe Murphy – by a happy coincidence, Joe and I have worked together before on rehearsed readings and other small productions with me providing sound effects for Joe’s work, so I’ve enjoyed seeing him develop a full production and having the chance to work with him in a different capacity. Never before has a man given such a convincing impression that he has no idea what he’s doing whilst, in actuality, every detail is meticulously planned and every decision made with absolute conviction. Probably. All joking aside, it’s a joy to work with a young director that really does have his own style and vision, and I look forward to our paths crossing again.
As for the rest of the team, I feel like the reviews have given enough credit to the design and the illustrations so I need not lavish any further well-earned praise on their creators, but there is just one more person that needs a name check – the unsung hero of nabokov, Executive Director and General Manager, Ric Mountjoy. Ric works tirelessly and passionately, ensuring not only that everyone is paid and in the right place, but that the production itself is running smoothly, the venues are happy, and the entire company is working like a well oiled machine. Without his consideration and expertise, BUNNY couldn’t have been, so Ric, we salute you.
And to top it all off, a well-deserved Fringe First award (need I even start on the impeccable quality of writing? Probably not.) for a play that is as funny and energetic as it is intriguing and evocative. Although it should be said that my other Edinburgh show also won an award, so I’m pretty sure that’s conclusive proof that I’m a lucky charm of a Stage Manager. I’m just saying.
And nearly 600 video cues later, my time with BUNNY must come to an end, as all good things do. Always a pleasure, never a chore. And… fade to blackout.