Being put on display

For those of you fortunate enough to know about both blogs, you’ll note that the inspiration for both came from postings I found on Facebook this morning. For those who dont, you’ll have to just take my word lol… Whereas the other was a posting that a lovely friend put up for me this morning, this one I found by sheer chance, just going through postings on my page.

I know, technically every time an actress performs, she’s putting herself on display to others. In my case, to several hundred at most, but famous people, and my dear friend, Julia, to a few thousand, or even more. I’m not saying I’ve never done one of those carnival parade things, but I dont specifically remember doing one. If I have, and I might have done (would be around, or over 30 years ago if I did, so forgive my memory), then I suspect I dressed up in an outfit, and had fun, but nothing like that, as the feature item.

For those in the Bradford area, on the weekend of 2nd/3rd December, they are having a Festive Streets entertainment weekend, clearly aimed at attracting trade to the area for Christmas, I hope it goes well. I will be there on the 2nd, for work, obviously, but somehow, I’m pretty sure I wont end up as the lucky lady in that dress, in the snow globe. Yes, would love to, if I was offered the chance. But yes, they will want someone young, and pretty, so…

But yes, I wonder what it would be like, to be in her position, the center of all attention for tens of thousands of people? Maybe one day I will find out, but by now, I have my doubts. But, fingers crossed…?

The video tonight. Well, when it comes to a lady on display, in a less than natural setting, this really comes to mind. Supposedly done on one take, incredible if it was!

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You Ought To Be In Pictures?

Well, now I’m a professional actress, just maybe? Except strictly, I didnt get paid for acting this week, I got paid for public speaking. Yes, my presentation last week has actually earned me, what I believe to be, my first fee for public performance in my life. No, dont quote me for definite for that, my career as such as it is goes back about 50 years, so I might have forgotten something, but I dont remember ever being paid. Yes, been on TV a few times, performed in school plays, and amateur dramatics numerous times, but never got paid for anything. Until now… Well fine, £25 isnt a fee that Meryl Streep and the like would get excited about, but hey, its a start! Strictly, its not payment for the presentation, its a reward for doing it, but it comes down to the same thing.

Question is, if I buy an outfit that I might use for a part, does it count as a tax deductible expense? Yes, I’m joking, believe me! I doubt very much that a 15 minute presentation on diversity issues, is going to see Hollywood, Broadway, or even small theater groups rushing for my services! Even more so, given that my activity levels are a bit limited at present! I suspect its either going to be used for winter boots, or a dress styled from 20’s or 30’s, assuming I can find something of a full length, which might be hard with flapper dresses!

Strictly, at least in a past life, I have been in movies, though only in small roles, and chorus line stuff that wouldnt turn her into a star. And yes, she failed to pass on the dancing skills, unfortunately.

Today though, is the birthday of someone who did deserve to be in pictures, and indeed she was, Nancy Carroll. Mind, the latter part of her career was mainly in TV, and theater, so might be hope for me yet! No, I’m not as talented as her either, sadly, nor did she have my back issues, to limit her mobility.

But one thing, at least now I’ve been paid to perform lol. Public speaking tour, anyone?

OK, the video. Huge clue in blog title, a real oldie here, from 83 years ago!

Playing the role of a robot

I dont think I ever got to play a robot on stage, not that I remember doing so, anyway. Lets face it, school plays are unlikely to include such an element, and most amateur dramatic stuff is based around doing things that dont need too many scene changes, or dramatic changes in costume, ideally no changes at all!

Doesnt mean I’ve never played as one, because I have, both in coherent thought, and under the power of hypnosis, but lets face it, I wouldnt resist the command to think I was a robot, lets face it. Sadly, I’ve never got to do dress up for any of these roles, its just been me, as a robot, but anyway…Yes, I’d love the chance to wear something like the Metropolis, or Gort look. Robbie the Robot look might be a lot of fun to do, but a bit more complex to set up, I guess?

The other thing I have done a few times, is do interviews about the whole robot thing of mine, though ironically I think they have all been for North American companies, but none involved a trip to the US. Ah well… It seems to be a subject that fascinates some TV people, though I dont know of any sci-fi series yet where they have actually turned humans into robots, I must say. Doll House is probably as close as they’ve got in a real life series, I would guess? Not that I would mind playing a constructed robot (as in Star Wars, or Buck Rogers) given the chance. I would add the robot in The Orville, but I suspect that was that modern ‘delight’, CGI?

This week, I saw another company asking for people who have played, or role played as robots at Fembot Central. It does seem to be focused on the sex side of things, more than anything else, but its not of concern to me, because they only want contact from people in LA, or NYC, and I’m not! In truth, probably wouldnt have worked for me, because they seem to want the sex element more than anything, and sex just doesnt interest me at all. But would I have offered my services, if in those cities, well, maybe?

Yes, my dream modelling job would be as a robot, at one of those convention things somewhere. Unlikely to happen, especially now, but you never know, I guess. Its fair to say at least, I could roleplay a robot easily, and willingly. Well, if they want to make it compulsory lol, I wouldnt say no, but…

So tonights video involves one of the better pieces of robot roleplay within a music video.

Oh what a farce (good kind)

For many years, from primary school times, until the turn of this century (yes, I’m not quite that old, not in this life, anyway), I took numerous turns as an actress. No, I cant remember all the weird, and possibly wonderful parts I played in those 30 years or so, and there are probably some I wouldnt want to remember anyway! I suspect the first was probably an angel, or a shepherd in a school nativity play, and the last was something more challenging acting wise, though I cant remember the exact details now! Was somewhere in West Dorset, and thats as good as the memory is nowadays.

I know that in the intervening period I’ve been to more than a few shows, plays, movies, and musicals, but always as a member of the audience. Technically I have performed in that period (at least 1 is on You Tube, though you’d be hard pressed to find it without the link, and not sure if I still have it, but suspect I have?), but in terms of dramatics, thats pretty much it.

And no, I never made the bigger stages of London, Broadway, and the like. I might have appeared on a Broadway, but that would have been as part of the name of the road that a theater, or a hall was on, not the New York one!

But certainly for a number of years now, if I’ve been to a performance, its been a professional affair, and the tickets have probably sold for ‘medium to silly’ amounts of money. So last night, for the first time in many years, I went back to my roots, Amateur Dramatics. I cant remember how I first got involved in them, but it would have related to appearances in grammar (secondary) school plays, I’m sure. Someone mentioned me back then, and from there, I joined up with a few groups, and I would like to think performed decently. Well, I guess if I didnt, I wouldnt have been invited to do more!

Then somewhere along the line, around the time in London, I just stopped trying to perform. No idea why, it just happened. And given the state of my physical health now, that probably is it, unless something amazing happens.

‘Love’s A Luxury’ was a farce presented by the Cookridge Amateur Dramatics Society last night, and I was amongst the audience. Principally because one of my work colleagues was taking part in the production. 3 of us from work went together, had a good meal, then on for the show.

I’m sure I must have done farce in my time, because nearly every ‘Am Dram’ group tries at least one, but I dont remember any, if I did. This was great fun, plenty of mistaken identity, and confusion over events, and an entertaining ending to boot. Yes, loved it, though I suppose there were more than a few moments when it felt odd being in the audience at such an event, but I soon got over them.

Did I miss the nervous tension of performing such a show? Probably!
Would I do it again myself, given the chance? Possibly, though given that now I would need a part that required little, or no mobility, outside of a wheelchair at present, I doubt it will happen. Even if my body gets no worse, I cant see it improving dramatically, and thats what I would need at present.
No health issues, or a suitable role? Yes, I probably would, and love it, but I suspect its not to be, anyway.

But who knows, in the world of acting…?

I was trying to think of a suitable video, and this was about as close as I could get. Anyone who has seen, or acted in a farce knows that its quite a circus at times, so…

The number in the audience

Well, this time next week, I’ll probably be telling you how my presentation went in Leeds, and how I felt doing something like that again, after a number of years. Its fair to say that over the years, on a number of occasions, I’ve performed in front of a lot more than about 120 people, so it should be a piece of cake. Yes, famous last words, and all that!

There is also the fact that back then, I was presented with a script, which I had to learn, anything between a few lines, and considerably more lines, depending on the role! Of course, this time around, I have to come up with my own script. In truth, I’m not planning a verbatim, must be followed word for word script for myself, going to go with a mix of pertinent notes, and improvisation, so that I can at least react to the audience, as I have no idea what I’m letting myself in for, in that sense.

Yes, there is another issue with a strict script, my vision! If I did that, I would have to wear my reading glasses, and then I wouldnt be able to see the reaction of much of my audience, because beyond about 10 feet (3 metres?), everything is blurred wearing them. And yes, if I wear my long range glasses, to be able to interact with them, I wouldnt be able to read the script clearly, so…

Be an interesting test of an actresses skills, for sure!

Apparently my ‘publicity manager’ is planning for me to review the performance at least in the office, in our communications hour, which will be a smaller audience, but a special one, being my actual workmates. As we are split in 2 groups for this (different times, to keep people on phones at all times), I presume that will be a double performance.

However, in terms of numbers, compared to what someone I know will be experiencing in just over a fortnight, my numbers are tiny! I have no idea when Julia Kneale last appeared on a stage, but I doubt it was in front of nearly 3,500 people! Hey, I think my biggest audience is about 600 – 800! Unless you’re an OMD fan, the name may not mean a lot to you, but if you are, especially from the early days, you probably do. Yes, one famous song, more on that shortly!

I know, its one of those silly things in these modern days, that someone you’ve never actually met, but regard as a friend? And I dont just mean the ‘I sometimes look at her postings kind’ either, on both parts. Yes, she’s making an appearance at the OMD concert in York (she lives nearby) on 18th, where she thinks she’s just making a brief appearance, but knowing Andy, as much as I do, I wouldnt be surprised if it isnt more. Sadly I cant get there. Tickets went on sale when I was in the US in September, and by the time I got back, all the seated tickets were gone, and with my back, I couldnt stand for the full length of the show now. I mean, I tried that a few years ago in Leeds, before my back went, and my knees were so painful afterwards that walking was a challenge at the end!

I suspect that when you get down to it, appearing in front of that size of audience is no different to 600, but wouldnt have a clue? Hopefully she’ll tell me afterwards! But yes, Andy, if you read this, and want to offer to sneak me in, on the 18th, I’d be so grateful. Yes, it would be amazing to meet the band, but meeting Julia, after all this time, would be so special too. Oh fine, meeting Martin Cooper would be something special for me too!

Right, the video. Yes, Julia’s song, as in Julia Kneale’s song. This is a more recent performance by OMD, though of course this song dates back to the days of the band before then, the Id.

I will always love you?

Or an alternate title might be, this is the script that no actress would ever expect to see. Oh, technically its a story, but yes, its done as a script for an infomercial, which was probably far funnier for me, as an actress, than it might be for many!

http://192.155.80.152/LoveLocked/index.html

For those sensitive types, yes, there is an incest tag, some very mild stuff between mother and daughter. Note, I’m not a fan of incest, even in fictional theory, but its so minor in this, I could live with it. But lets just say, you’re warned!

No, I’ve never seen a script like this in my acting career, hardly likely I suppose, given that most of my work has been in small/medium parts in theaters, and a few small (or smaller) parts on TV. But yes, I’ve seen those type of commercials, especially in the US, and I roared with laughter reading this, knowing what they’re like.

Thankfully, or otherwise, I’m now too old for a script like this. Yes, it wouldnt work with someone who is nearly 60, lets face it! But fine, I couldnt resist posting this, just because its so much of an actress/actor type piece, and gave me a fit of the giggles accordingly. Yes, we are a weird, perverse bunch of people, believe me! 😉

Right, the video. I know, everyone says this is Whitney Houston’s song, and I guess, in a sense nowadays, it is. But Dolly Parton wrote it, Dolly sang it originally, and so, in terms of educating my readers, take a listen to her version, OK? Because if you dont, I might set those Lovelock people on you, OK? 😉

A week in the life of…?

Last night, here in the UK, Channel 4 presented, for want of a better term, a documentary about a white woman, with, shall we say, strong views, spending a week as a Muslim. No, I didnt see it, didnt know about it until after the event, and even if I had, I probably would have avoided it, these things tend to be ‘road crash’ TV at the best of times, basically because thats what the TV people want. As it happened, events took over, as it was being filmed in Manchester, just at the time of the Arena bombing. This showed the sad side of too many people towards Muslim people, which presumably came as a surprise to the woman, and the TV company. Unfortunately, it showed what Muslim people have to put up with so often, whereas she only faced it for a few days. So yes, the few terrorists create the wrong image, but I guess thats what they want to do. Of course, as white supremacists have shown, they’re just as bad!

Yes, that program wouldnt get the same effect if I’d been in her place, but of course, in these days, thats not what TV people want!

Me, I wonder what it would be like to spend a week in the life of a chorus line dancer, like my past life self, either now, or in the 1930’s, as she did. Given that one thing Clara Johnson didnt pass on to me was any dancing skills, its never going to happen, but if I did have her talents, would be fascinating to know what life would be like, in either era.

Of course, the other thing that would appeal to me would be a week in the life of a robot. Fine, given that at present, robot technology is not forward enough for that really to happen, I suppose I could do nothing more than a theoretical life as a robot, but that might be quite something. Even more so if it came with a chrome bodysuit!

I know, neither are really going to happen, or not in my lifetime at least. But a week in my life, as a Muslim, well, maybe…?

The video, some vintage Beatles. Seemingly from the later years, judging by their styles. A few famous faces from outside the group here too!