Our Guinness World Record

Fastest Theatrical Production

On the 16th February 2020 over 250 cast, crew and volunteers came together to attempt the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Theatrical Production, under the watchful eyes of official Guinness adjudicator Sofia Greenacre.

We opened the box of scripts at 7.30am to find 'The Wedding Singer'  - a show none of the production team had ever seen or been involved in, and that only 1 out of a cast of 100 or so had been in. Tricky!

After just under 12 hours of rehearsals during which we cast the show, learned the entire show (including all the songs, choreography and dialogue)  created, found and borrowed costumes for the whole show (including making Yarmulkes for the entire male cast, aprons for most of the girls,  assorted wedding dresses and 80s icons) built the set, (including painted walkdown steps, custom designed and made Las Vegas signage, a dumpster and numerous wedding bouquets) rehearsed the band from scratch and even managed a professionally printed glossy programme for curtain up!

We lifted the curtain to a full house at the Macrobert 11hrs 59 minutes after we started to an absolutely phenomenal reception and our amazing cast, band and crew put on an incredible performance. At the end of the show Sofia took to the stage and announced we had succeeded. We were the Guinness World Record Holders for the Fastest Theatrical Production.

Lots of screaming, tears and pyrotechnics later we were presented with our certificate and had the loudest, most emotional rubber chicken theatre there's ever been.

This was our last live performance before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

Our story does not however end there, a few months into the pandemic, we found out that the world record had been taken by a group in Spain with a time of 11hours and 9 secs with a fairly famous Spanish straight play. We always knew our record would be broken at some point, that is after all why they exist and we fully congratulated them on their achievement.

HOWEVER
The group in Spain performed in December 2019 - several months before our attempt. Their evidence etc was only just confirmed by Guinness in July, hence our official record in February. This of course meant that the time we were aiming for in February, the record we were attempting to break, had already been broken.
That just felt a little unfair, we all invested so much time, energy, commitment and not least funds into our attempt.
So what now? I always said if we broke it, and then lost it, I wouldn't want to attempt it again. Losing it to a time set before we even began our attempt? That's a bit different. We've spoken with Guinness and are delighted that they are going to let us attempt to take it back . . . and take it back we will . . . just as soon as Covid lets us!
bigger, brighter, bolder . . . and faster!

 

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