A Playful and Farce-tastic Fortnight!

11 October 2019

What a week – all of us in the office are still catching our breath after a whirlwind of two weeks. With a stream of press night and events, the team are running on adrenaline, emotion, success (and a little bit of fizz to celebrate of course!)

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, in typical fashion of crossing borders and oceans, has launched his North American tour. The Living Dangerously tour will travel nationally at the end of 2019 and into 2020, but the explorer always pushing boundaries and himself, will reach the summit of his tour in New York. 

Also, within the Fane world, the lovely and unapologetic ladies of High Low Podcast brought their style, charm and fabulous humour to the Barbican stage in front of a sell-out audience. A huge success, and fun was had by all as Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes transitioned their witty chemistry from podcast to stage.

Back in Theatreland, the team have been super busy attending three press nights! The culmination of a lot hard work, time and passion, a press night can be a rollercoaster. First, we start with Brooklyn, playing at Greenwich Theatre. Such an exciting project to be involved with, especially as this is the first time the musical has been brought to Europe. A brilliantly talented cast and some big show stopping numbers blew us, and the audience, away last week.

Onto our West End shows, and it has been a farce-tastic couple of weeks with the opening of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, and Mischief’s latest comedy, Groan Ups! A new term started at the Vaudeville as the Mischief boys and girls kicked off their year-long residency by taking us all back to school in Groan Ups! As always, there were laughs aplenty and more jokes than you could count - if only school had been this much fun!

Noises Off, transferring from a sell-out run at the Lyric, has opened to acclaim, applause, and an awful lot of tummy-ache-inducing laughs! The wonderful and inspiring Michael Frayn attended the press night for another revival of his play that just does not get old. The perfect escape from reality, this hilarious treat achieves just what Michael Frayn himself stated he wants from the theatre: “to be taken out of myself”!

Back in the office, the OT choir, with some very committed members of the JHI team, have added a fan favourite to their Christmas list – we eagerly await their debut! And the netball team, still have a (near) perfect opening to the season. Agreeing to a charitable draw after the opposition’s defence went down and out, still sees us sitting pretty at the top of the table.

Finally, we welcome Georgia to JHI, who is joining the Digital and Social Media team. Being a dog lover and musical fanatic, Georgia has already got the most important personality traits required to get along with everyone in the office!