Back in May, my eldest daughter, Laura, contacted me to see if I was interested in seeing the tour of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. I’ve been a fan of the musical since 1989, when I got to play my landladies vinyl copy of it. I later bought it on CD and, since then, […]
I will, once again, be treading the boards shortly, after some time off to change careers. In May I will be performing in Jekyll and Hyde and, arguably not the first time, I'll be dying on stage.
For some reason my co-workers in Automattic's VIP team seem to be gripped by this story and thought I should share it, so here goes. First of all, some back story. I've been performing in amateur musical theatre for about 15 years. I can single and act reasonably. I can dance badly. Cue misty, dreamy […]
Last night I went to see the excellent No Such Thing as a Fish on the first night of their UK tour. It was a fantastic show and I highly recommend it. It consisted of two parts – an initial 45 minutes with the "Elves", each doing their own presentation about the year. There was […]
On Saturday I went to see the professional, touring performance of The Wedding Singer, starring Ray Quinn and Ruth Madoc. I’d performed in the show myself, last year, in a local, amateur theatre group. And, you know, I think ours was better.
Let me explain why.
It’s just 8 days to go and nerves are beginning to show as rehearsals become more stressful (but still a lot of fun!). Ticket sales, sadly, aren’t doing so well which is a shame – the show is fantastic. Just in case you weren’t sure how to get them, here’s a really easy way…
Over the years of working in amateur theatre I’ve been offered lots of advice on what I should and shouldn’t drink before a show. However, only a little bit of research shows that some that advice can be, shall we say, a little ropey.
It’s now just 3 weeks to the opening night of the show. Nervous? Me? Actually, no. I have some lines left to learn and a couple of dances to work on but, otherwise, yeah, I’m confident. My hair, which got a mention in my last diary entry, it getting to new levels of annoyance – it’s knotty, won’t dry, sticks up all over the place and is now getting in my eyes. I’ve remember now why I hate it long – I grew it long for Jesus Christ Superstar and love the photos of me during that time – the one at the top of this site is taken from that time – but had obviously forgotten how much I hated it at the time!
In the last entry I mentioned that I had another part. Okay, now add one more. I now play a Secret Service Agent during the final wedding scene. Now, a black suit and tie I can do. I’ve already got the mirrored shaded and have, fantastically, found someone selling genuine agent-style ear-pieces on Amazon for just a couple of pounds. I don’t need it but, yeah, it will look cool 😉
More scenes are now complete including, last night, one set in a shopping mall. Unbeknown to me I’m in that too, so chalk up another character for the show. Actually, no, two. I’m seen first of all shopping and then, later, in the dress shop trying to flog a bridal gown (so, I’m assuming they’re different characters). And if you want to see me dance with a mannequin then this is the time to do it!
But you know what this also means, don’t you? More costumes.
In a few months time I’ll be performing in a show. I own a blog. Why, before now, have I not thought to combine them? Okay, we’re a couple of months into rehearsals, so this first part will be extra long and bring everything up-to-date. Okay, The Wedding Singer. One of my favourite films and […]