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…