All those people who’d spent their time queuing for the speech might have been forgiven for being a little nervous.
This was a big moment for their party in their country.
And their prime minister often looks unsure, a bit of a robot.
So it was to everyone’s surprise when Teresa May launched herself onto stage.
Dancing queen, the soundtrack, all of it designed to offer her a charisma she’s often accused of lacking.
Plainly, they loved it as well as being relieved.
Last year, she was paralyzed by a cough and the set fell apart behind her.
Doing all this at such an important time in the UK took some courage.
In the last few years, something’s changed for the worse.
She then embarked on a speech which painted her as a much softer figure, trying to bring together a country at war with itself over leaving the European Union.
But when push came to shove, she indicated there would be no more concessions from her in the endless negotiation with Brussels.
Britain isn’t afraid to leave with no deal if we have to.
Leaving without a deal introducing tariffs and costly checks at the border would be a bad outcome for the UK and the EU.
It would be tough at first but the resilience and ingenuity of the British people would see us through.
Her friends and her enemies in government will both have found something in all of what she said.
Never mind that she made no mention of every financial warning that the UK economy could fold in the event of a hard brexit.
This was rhetoric from the trenches of World War I.
We stand at a pivotal moment in our history.
It falls to our party to lead our country through it.
When we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
Compared to the robot she’s often painted as, this was a confidence, passionate and at times very personal speech which will have gone down extremely well with the party faithful.
But opinions are things like British ingenuity and blitz spirits will do nothing to persuade the European Union that she has a new plan.
If anything what this speech did was to make a no deal hard brexit much more likely.
The other thing, this will be seen to have done at least for now is to shore up her leadership as Prime Minister.
But both she and the European Union are sharpening their knives.