Last night was the first ever 'Wild Audience With...' At the Lyric Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue, London.
This was an idea I stole from Robin Ince and Brian Cox after seeing 'Uncaged Monkeys' live - a great format of short varied lectures on the subject of science. I was convinced there would be an audience of wildlife enthusiasts out there who would appreciate a similar evening based on natural history.
Jo Sarsby, my extremely talented agent, went out on a limb and secured a theatre, sponsorship (from the wonderful Steppes Travel) and four cracking speakers, namely Doug Allan, Lucy Cooke, Martin Hughes-Games and Steve Backshall.
All of these guys are seasoned orators but this was a format that was very different for all us, especially for me as I was hosting the event. Topics ranged from glorious big cats and sharks to wonderfully entertaining sloths.
Rehearsals were shabby to say the least as trying to get the energy up with an empty auditorium is tough. However, later on with a fantastic crowd giving us the boost we needed, we had a great night.
Here are a few tweeted reviews:
@tuttsweet: Thank you all, it was a wonderful & fascinating evening. x
@SophieDay_23: Absolute best night of the year! Thank you
@adelecarlson: fascinating insights & incredibly engaging #AWildAudienceWith
Massive thanks are owed to Jo and her team, the excellent theatre staff and our wonderful audience.
We have one more night available if anyone fancies joining us:
Monday 15th December 2014
We also hope to make this an annual event with a range of speakers and topics so hopefully see some of you again next year!