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When the wind blows. . .

Postby Andrew Clarkson » 23 Jun 2008, 18:04

I managed to get the booth set up in the gales yesterday. I was feeling quite proud of the very secure booth as I attached the final stage weight to the last of many guy ropes, at which point I was told by the organisers that the event had to be cancelled for safety reasons.

'What a pity' indeed.

Did anyone else get blown away?

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Postby lesclarke » 23 Jun 2008, 18:14

...almost. The only good thing was that locally it was a steady wind, and it's sometimes the sudden gusts that do the damage. I had my sausages blown in off the playboard three times during one scene, and then a miniature bucket blown in.

With 5 guy ropes, firmly pegged down, and tied to some railings it was secure, but...

I thought that I'd 'get away' with only two shows as it started to rain at 3.30, but a smallish audience wanted to see it again, and thankfully they stayed right to the end. In bad conditions like this I find only way to survive a performance is to rally go 'on the attack.'
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Postby Professor Eek » 23 Jun 2008, 20:32

I was indoors but it weren't too windy anyhar down our neck o' the woods.

It was one of 'those' halls with the awful acoustics though.

Couldn't be heard without the mic - horrible echo with the mic

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Postby Tony James » 23 Jun 2008, 20:35

Strange weekend wasn't it? Saturday was calm but heavily overcast. Yesterday was glorious, blue skies, scorching sunshine - i got burned - but this really powerful wind. i chucked everything at it - storm props and six guy lines plus a pin at each leg and five holding down the cover.

I was on the south coast and whilst like Les I didn't experience regular gusts, there were some sudden ones, from a different direction and then back to the predictable.

I watched the sausages blow from one side of the playboard across to the other. I think I might keep that in!!!

I built up with little more than inconvenience at 8.30 a.m. but the pull down at 4.45 p.m. was a struggle, keeping everything in place. And then, suddenly there was a lull and I whipped off the cover. Plain sailing thereafter.

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Postby Chris » 23 Jun 2008, 22:12

<center>I chucked everything at it - storm props and six guy lines plus a pin at each leg and five holding down the cover.
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Postby Tony James » 23 Jun 2008, 23:39

Absolutely wonderful Chris. Love it. Thank you.
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Postby CharlesTaylor » 01 Jul 2008, 03:58

Chris your illustration of Tony James using the guy lines was very amusing. How do you find the time? I spent the last four days creating a new brochure, designing props, scenery and photographing puppets. Working on scenery and emptying boxes from my classroom days. I came to Punch Booth for a break. What a delightful diversion!

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Postby Chris » 01 Jul 2008, 17:59

Fortunately Tony takes it all in good part. I am afraid his penchant for wearing a bell tent and other extravagances make him an easy target and he gets an unfair amount of my attention.
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