I know I wasn't supposed to be the centre of attention in that scene, but I was playing to the gallery because there were some friends of mine in the audience.
The Village Show had the usual attractions, a band-stand and a display of locally-grown produce. A special guest was Madame Petulengra, who was telling fortunes by reading tea leaves.
PS I don't know if 'playing to the gallery' is used in American English. Often a British English idiom is replaced in Am E by a version based on more modern culture/technology. There is the term 'grandstanding', which means much the same as 'playing to the gallery', but doesn't refer to Edwardian theatre architecture!
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