This Is Your Five Minute Call

Nothing can quite describe the feeling just before a show starts - you hear the audience taking their seats, the pre-show music playing. Here are some photos capturing our final moments of preparation.
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Things are always rushed on the first night of a show, but by the last night, time is always made for thank yous and goodbyes before an emotional last performance together! Here, the cast of Midsummer get ready to perform together for the final time. Show: Midsummer

Things are always rushed on the first night of a show, but by the last night, time is always made for thank yous and goodbyes before an emotional last performance together! Here, the cast of Midsummer get ready to perform together for the final time. Show: Midsummer

Sam takes a final moment to run through his moves and cues before the first show. Show: Titus Andronicus Revival

Sam takes a final moment to run through his moves and cues before the first show. Show: Titus Andronicus Revival

Phil settles the audience as we begin our first outdoor production of Midsummer. Show: Midsummer revival

Phil settles the audience as we begin our first outdoor production of Midsummer. Show: Midsummer revival

The show is set and ready at the Contact Theatre, Manchester. Show: Titus Andronicus

The show is set and ready at the Contact Theatre, Manchester. Show: Titus Andronicus

Lisa, Jess and Hannah wait for the audience to be seated before going out as Mari, LV and Sadie. Show: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Lisa, Jess and Hannah wait for the audience to be seated before going out as Mari, LV and Sadie. Show: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

There's always time for some snaps before getting on with the show. At this stage, most cast members don't know when they'll see each other again! Show: Titus Andronicus

There's always time for some snaps before getting on with the show. At this stage, most cast members don't know when they'll see each other again! Show: Titus Andronicus

Jay waits in the wings for his first entrance. Show: Titus Andronicus

Jay waits in the wings for his first entrance. Show: Titus Andronicus

Russell and Ian wait for their scene together as the show begins. Show: Titus Andronicus

Russell and Ian wait for their scene together as the show begins. Show: Titus Andronicus

Karl and Jack try to distract from the nerves as the audience enter. There's nothing else they can do; the auditorium is closed to them, costume and makeup are finished, backstage chat begins. Show: The Dresser

Karl and Jack try to distract from the nerves as the audience enter. the auditorium is closed to them, costume and makeup are finished, backstage chat begins. Show: The Dresser

A common scene backstage before a show - Karl runs over his lines a final time. Show: Midsummer

A common scene backstage before a show - Karl runs over his lines a final time. Show: Midsummer

Jack and Claire take a quick break before getting ready for their performances in Macbeth, which we helped produce. Show: Macbeth

Jack and Claire take a quick break before getting ready for their performances in Macbeth, which we helped produce. Show: Macbeth

Goneril and Regan backstage during King Lear

Goneril and Regan backstage during King Lear

Preparing for the second half of King Lear

Preparing for the second half of King Lear

Teching Volpone at the ArtsClub

Teching Volpone at the ArtsClub

On the night of our Christmas fundraiser 2015

On the night of our Christmas fundraiser 2015

Tasha and Rhea wait for the show to begin backstage at Smock Alley

Tasha and Rhea wait for the show to begin backstage at Smock Alley

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