MCV finally made it to our performance venue today for a couple run throughs of the show. At one end of the Sydney Football (that's soccer to our U.S. friends!) Stadium a full size replica of the exterior of Edinburgh Castle has been created out of plywood, fabric and other materials. The replica is so realistic that it even has bird droppings on the short walls and moss on some of the wood!
It is always interesting to finally play in the venue where you'll perform, especially after rehearsing for months in totally different conditions. The sheer size of the venue, plus the different acoustics, different surface (grass vs. concrete), etc. all contribute to disconcerting one during the first time running the show there! It's so easy to become distracted with the new sights and sounds (not to mention that some of the fifers are miked for sound amplification!). That's why we DO the rehearsals in the stadium before the performances start!! We all have to get used to the feel of the place – not to mention the rehearsing needed to put all the bits of the show together into one seamless production.