You could have been a different editor???? Patience, my friend. Editing skill does not improve in days, it takes much, much longer and a to get better, you need to have been editing consistently. You wreck your project files and there was a long time between act 1 and act 2? How much editing other work did you do in the interim? This is where your skills get honed. However - you've already told us that much of the footage was compromised by camera movements, or poor framing etc, so a large part of your editing was error concealment - not making editing decisions on artistic grounds, just familiarity with the kit and basic editing. With theatrical stuff, which is what I do, you never really get a chance to develop aesthetic skills, you're locked to an audio track, so you're cutting for best image. My editing skills are often based around which moment to do the cut, and I'm always improving my timing, but like you - many edits are made in certain ways because the plan A, B and even C get used up. Let's face it, with this play, your options are limited. It's very twee and dated by today's standards. On top of this you have amateur actors with pretty average diction and projection. They're acting for the audience, not the camera, so it's always going to sound very odd, and I'm not talking about technical quality. Stage plays are rarely shot like this, as they make the transition to the small screen badly.