Bits and feelings from the Cabin Pressure recording (spoiler free)
Alcie and I feel so blessed to have gotten to go to the final recording. After it was over we went to the washroom, checked the stalls to make sure we were alone, and then let the calm front we’d been putting on totally evaporate. It was amazing, it was fantastic, it was, yes yes yes, brilliant!
I’m afraid I’m on my phone and can’t do a read more, but I’m going to keep this spoiler free.
When David Tyler came on, we were all nervous and quiet (except for that one person who clapped, go you, person!) And he joked that we were right not to clap, since he was only the producer, which of course got him a huge round of cheers and applause. He introduced the show, asked us to refrain from taking photographs till the end of the recording, and told us to tell anyone who asked for a spoiler that it was the flap on an aeroplane’s wing that assists in landing. Then he brought in the guest cast one by one, to enthusiastic cheers each, and finally the main cast came in together, to absolutely deafening applause.
John came to the mic and started singing Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, interrupting himself, starting over, making a joke, starting over… the show hadn’t even started and he already had us in stitches. He gave us a very brief welcome, and then said of the final recording: “it goes a little like this…”
With that we were off! To watch the recording was an absolute pleasure. I actually have slight astigmatism and decided I absolutely needed my specs five minutes in, because the expressions! The boundless energy! Every time John came up to the mic he became Arthur, silly face and wide bulging eyes. Benedict, too, was so fun to watch when he’d say a line or react to one. Stephanie would lean up to the mic and deliver her line and it’d just be utterly perfect (except for that one time it wasn’t and she swore and then caught herself). I’m afraid that every time John came up to the mic he stole the show, so I never really paid much attention to Roger while he delivered his lines, but what a lovely man. He was the only one to arrive on foot, and when he came past us, I couldn’t help blurting out a shy hello and he responded with a friendly hello in return! My heart was all aflutter!
I finally know what the mysterious pineapple on a stick is for! The top lights up green to indicate that the actors can start their lines. It didn’t always behave, though, and there was once in the pickups when John came in all ready to say his line and it never went off, so he slink back towards his seat.
Oh I have to talk about the look on John’s face. Wait okay firstly I did come for the Cumberbatch. I got into Cabin Pressure because of him so yes I was there for the show but I also thought I would spend the recording staring at his face. Instead, I couldn’t help constantly glancing over to John, even when he didn’t have any lines. He had this look of joy on, always, and he’d laugh when lines were funny, and he’d look from the actors to the audience like he was gauging our response sometimes. He was absolutely so delighted, and I just realised how this must have felt for him, to see a script he’d been slaving over brought to life and getting the vindication for it right away in front of a live studio audience. I’m so so so happy that I got to be a part of making him smile like that, even when once it was an absolutely evil laugh because of one scene.
Benedict, on the other hand, was very attuned to the other cast members and focused, often looking from person to person while they said their lines, and then responding. He never looked at the audience that I noticed, and was just very, very professional. Of course there were the jokes and the light ribbing, but I got the sense that it didn’t matter if we were there or not, he was there to do his best at his job, and he did.
I can’t talk about the guest cast and the laughs they gave us without potentially revealing who they are, but I will say that they were fantastic and it wouldn’t have been the same show without them. One of them I didn’t even know it was my life goal to meet until I met them, and I will cherish that handshake forever.
One thing you definitely need to be there to see is the fluid dance in front of the mic. I don’t know if they rehearsed it, but it was mesmerising the way someone would slide out of the way for someone else to cut in, the way everyone leaned away to turn a page (although once Benedict couldn’t quite manage to turn his and he made a “hnnrgh” sound and had to redo the bit). The actors who came in later would quietly walk up and slip in, and then slip out again when not needed. It’s one of those behind the scenes things that remind you that these are skilled professionals that are working to deliver a product, and every single one of them should be lauded and appreciated.
The show ended.
I know, I feel it too, you guys. I won’t say how I feel about the ending, only the end: bitter, bittersweet. I think the hugs among the cast, and John leaning in to give Stephanie a peck on the cheek showed how emotional it was for them too, probably even more so.
John came up to give his farewell speech. He said he’d prepared a bunch of joke telegraphs from various characters that couldn’t be there, and if I related the one that he did do, that’d be a spoiler too, so I won’t, but it was very funny. However, John couldn’t go through with it, because I guess there was so much else to say.
He thanked his parents, especially his dad for being the aviation consultant. He told a fan later who asked that his dad’s experience in aviation was what inspired him to write Cabin Pressure. He kept going a little disjointed, but who can blame the man? He said that the things he were saying were cliches, but they were so true. He thanked the cast and thanked us. At one point Alcie said she saw Roger dash a tear from his eye.
Then the mad dash for pictures and autographs started. The circle around Benedict grew so quickly Alcie and I thought it might be better to head for the guest cast instead. That’s when I got my favourite handshake, no other handshake will ever come close. When we decided to try to get a picture with Benedict I think he was starting to feel a little harassed or overwhelmed, and he asked if the photographs could be done in groups instead as he wouldn’t have time for everyone otherwise. Alcie and I managed to get a polaroid with him in which he absolutely looks like a angel I don’t know what he talks about when he says he’s not a looker. He put his arms around us and his hands on our backs! Wow gosh gosh gosh gosh wow I’m having palpitations just remembering the moment. I’m calling it my touched by an angel moment.
We got polaroids with Roger and John as well, Roger being very impressed by our “retro” camera (it was an instax) and John being very patient waiting for the camera to spit out our photos so he could sign them. I told him as he signed that we’d come from Singapore, and he said “not just for this though?” And I said no, it was for a holiday, he said “good”.
When we emerged from John’s presence, Benedict and most of the cast had vanished (so we didn’t get a chance to take a polaroid with Stephanie!) but we got one last one with a guest cast member before he disappeared behind the black curtain and then it was time for our private toilet-located freak out.
Grace and dad Daniel, if you see this, I’m so glad you had fun and it was nice to meet you! Jillian, I hope you got to meet Benedict when he came out and have a photograph, good luck with your studies! Fellow audience members: WASN’T IT AMAZING.
Oh yes, there were some jokes about the show airing at Christmas from David and the cast, but I don’t know if they meant it, so no, I wouldn’t say it’s confirmed one way or another.
Okay I’m supposed to get back to actually exploring London rather than the space behind two large dumpsters by RADA Studios, so I’m off. I hope I managed to bring you some of the fun of the evening. Thank you for flying MJN air
I come back from the dead to celebrate that my friend got Cabin Pressure tickets! I’m so utterly ecstatic I just want to share it with fandom. It was a million in one chance that 1) my grand aunt would offer to let me house sit for her while she went on vacation, 2) that my friend could actually come with me, 3) that we actually booked travel dates last month that wound up being perfect for going to the recording, 4) that she won tickets!
We were happy enough to just go on our first holiday together after how rough 2013 was for us, but this has made the trip pretty much legend-wait-for-it-dary. My only regret is that I wish we could’ve gotten tickets for my darling Fizz too.
Okay, so this was an AU written by one of my teammates (sofilledwithfeeling) for the Cabin Crew Riot Two. If you don’t know what that was about, well, this was submitted to the blog for that, so you can check all that out. But the way it was…
11 questions from heart-mind, who gave me such a nice inbox surprise aaa <3
1.If you could rate your happiness from 1 to 10 where 1 is the worst you’ve ever felt and 10 is the best, how would you rate your current happiness?
A 3 on a bad day and a 5 on a good day, it’s not been a good couple of months. Next week will be better! I’m going to the Maldives!
2. How many pets have you had, if you’ve had pets?
I’ve lost count! Three that I’ve been old enough to remember and really cherish, all cats, 2 living.
3. How many countries have you visited/lived, if you’ve gone to other countries?
19 as of now, hopefully at least 21 if you ask me this question again next year. I’m fortunate enough that my parents have the travel bug, and took my brother and I along with them on a lot of vacations. Plus I went to uni in Australia, and live in Singapore, with easy (and affordable!) access to lots of countries in south east Asia.
4. What is one word that describes you?
This is really tough, I’m super verbose, but for the last year I think the word would’ve been PROCASTINATION, in giant sky writing.
5. Are you introverted or extroverted?
Introverted for sure.
6. What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation is one where I don’t have to spend too much money on flights and accommodation, in a place where I’m fluent in the language (or can at least understand key words), where I can indulge in both shopping and photography, and have access to internet everywhere I go. I have basically taken this ideal vacation in Seoul three times in the past four years and have to stop myself now because my dream vacation is a Safari-Sardine run two hit combo on my wallet that I have to start saving up for. South Africa 2014!
7. What do you blog about the most?
Oh man. Doctor Who and Sherlock, for sure, although ever since I started this “don’t post anything until you’ve made something to post” goal for myself, I haven’t really been posting at all.
8. What is the best thing that happened to you in 2012?
Participating in Party When Dead, for sure, because I met so many great people I still keep in touch with to this day. Picking up the ukulele as well, because I’ve always been kinda sad that I couldn’t play any of the instruments I’ve tried to get good at, and now I’m actually good at one and am teaching it to my friends even. It’s really great!
9. What are you most proud of?
I, to paraphrase Benedict Cumberbatch, wish I could say I am most proud of being a mother. Since I can’t, I’m most proud of the fact that I’m not dead. It was touch and go there, a couple of times this year I had the note ready to go and everything, but I didn’t want to be selfish, so. Here I still am. Can’t get rid of me.
10. What is a quote you really like?
"You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain." - Tom Hiddleston
It’s just a really great quote to live by, because a lot of life is just putting one foot in front of the other wondering if there’s any point to it.
I met a man today I met him on an aeroplane He kept me company He said “I’m Captain Martin Crieff”
Hello, hello, I’m Molly Hooper Hello, hello, I think you’re super And I think it’s pretty cool that you’re flying the plane But if you don’t mind my asking who is flying the plane 'Cause you're sitting here with me and I've just remembered You probably have a co-pilot
I met a man today He definitely did not crash that plane We’re going out for tea Me and Captain Martin Crieff
Hello, hello, I’m Molly Hooper Hello, hello, I think you’re super And I think it’s pretty cool that you don’t find me insane And you think it’s pretty cool that I’ve dissected a brain I’m already picking out my white gown and train Our children will be lovely
I finally got around to it rerecording this! I wrote this for a Party When Dead prompt just a few days after I first got my ukulele and I did not know how to play that thing, so I literally hit a chord at a time and then Frankensteined that song together in Audacity. I’ve improved a little now, I think.
I can’t remember the name of this ship is it something cute?
Knit an ugly hipster sweater depicting Arthur Darvill in an ugly hipster sweater, and then send the ugly hipster sweater to Arthur Darvill so you can have Arthur Darvill wearing an ugly hipster sweater of Arthur Darvill wearing an ugly hipster sweater.
THEIR FACEBOOK GROUP. OH MY GROD. DFKLASDHF REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY.
We would just like to clear up one issue. One of the major questions we receive is that “Isn’t every month Heterosexual Awareness Month?” The answer (stated over and over again) is that only July is (official) Heterosexual Awareness Month. But we are working on gaining a second month in 2013.
PEOPLE LIKE THIS EXIST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS ARE HERE ATTACKING CASUAL TUMBLR USERS FOR ASSUMED SLIGHTS AND THOUGHTCRIME!?
This is your annual reminder that The Salvation Army threatened to close all of their New York City soup kitchens if they were going to be forced to stop discriminating against their gay employees. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want to donate to any charity that would use the hungry as a bargaining chip to get what it wants. There are better charities to donate to. There are charities that donate 100% of their money to the people they’re trying to help, rather than taking some of that money and using it to fight against gay rights (as the Salvation Army does.) There are charities that don’t state on their website that homosexuals are morally obligated to live a life of celibacy. There are charities that accept everyone and help EVERYONE.
For more information on how exactly the Salvation Army is anti-gay and, just in general, horrible, you can click here.
And please, if you’re my friend, or if you know any gay people, or even if you’re just not an asshole, PLEASE stop going bargain-hunting at the Salvation Army. And stop donating your money to them. There are better places for clothes. There are better places to donate.
Okay, here’s the situation. Having read David Wong’s article about getting off my ass to create instead of consume, I’ve decided that spending hours a day on tumblr just reblogging isn’t doing myself any favours.
So here’s my new year’s resolution for 2013: I’m going to create. I’m going to make a post a day with something that I’ve made - gifs, art, photography, music, fic, whatever. I’m not going to let myself browse my dash until I’ve made this post for the day. And I’m going to start today, because I’m tired of giving myself imaginary starting lines that I eventually just forget about.
I’ve still got a few posts in the queue, but that should run out by today or tomorrow. After that, if you catch me not doing what I said I would, please call me out on it. Remind me that I want to be more than what I am right now, and the only way to do that is to do something different from what I’m doing right now.
That being said, if that’s not your cup of tea, if you don’t think you’ll be interested, feel free to unfollow. Seriously, I’d rather you do it now than later, because I’ll just think my stuff is that bad, and I am very easily discouraged.