As a distraction while guests were waiting for their post-meal coffee, we played a game to celebrate an icon of BBC radio, the daily Shipping Forecast. We created Shipping Forecast Bingo using the Met Office's sea areas instead of numbers. The day's Radio 4 Shipping Forecast was read out and guests crossed off sea areas on their cards as they were announced. Of course we didn't want an ordinary game of bingo, so it was engineered that despite all the cards being different, they all had one common sea area — Malin. As that sea area was called out everyone shouted Bingo! For the French speakers among the audience the whole game was malin (clever). Everyone was declared a winner and guests got to keep their specially printed English Theatre Company pencils as their prize.
We have been delighted with the number of really appreciative comments we received on the days of the performances and afterwards by email and on Facebook. It is rewarding for our Company to know that our audiences have been well entertained because that's why we do it. Oh, and for the fun we have too!