Amy Dolan is covering for Company Manager Paul Grist during our performances at Theatre Royal Plymouth this week. She has kindly taken time out to send us an update from the venue:

Hello from Plymouth!

Since Paul’s last post the company spent a week in London at Sadler’s Wells performing the same programme as we are doing here in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal: half a week of Autumn Glory (Checkmate, Symphonic Variations and Pineapple Poll) and the other half performing La Fille Mal Gardée.

The technical staff arrived in advance of the Company early Monday and the Company travelled up from BRB HQ on Monday afternoon on a coach (this is new for this season… all the dancers are travelling to and from the venue by company coach rather than my trains and cars).

On Tuesday we had the usual piano rehearsal and opening night performance in Plymouth of Autumn Glory. The performance went down very well with the Plymouth audience and was great to see the regulars in! After the performance thanks to the lovely people at the Theatre Royal and TRAC we had drinks in the bar for the dancers and technical team.

Yesterday we had two performances and again all went well without too many hiccups! It was also our last performance of Autumn Glory for the autumn season.

Last night we had our technical change over to La Fille Mal Gardée and at the time of writing the dancers (and the pony!) are currently in a piano rehearsal on stage rehearsing ready for tonight’s sold out performance.

We have four more performances left now on the Autumn tour and then back to Birmingham to start Nutcracker season which opens in three weeks time. Preparations for this still continue whilst on tour so time between performances and early mornings are made up of lots of Nutcracker meeting and meetings about the O2.

This is my first time in Plymouth and I am staying in the West Hoe area so I have a lovely walk to the theatre everyday over the hoe. I’ve had chance to go to the Barbican quickly but other than that not had much time for sight-seeing, hopefully I will squeeze some in before heading back up north!

Sadly Saturday will see the last performance of Robert Gravenor (First Artist) with Birmingham Royal Ballet and we all wish him the very best for the future.

Speak soon!

Amy x