Friday, 27 January 2012

Not Quite Treading The Boards

"Come with me?"
"I'm no actor! I can't do that."
"Let's go and see what it's all about,  please? You might enjoy it..."

The Festival Theatre had  plans for a peripatetic production which would need some 200 people, mostly extras, amongst whom a few would have to sing folk songs and do country dances.
For my singing buddy, the very word 'theatre' sent her blood racing, and I had to admit the mention of folk music had got me interested....

So one early summer evening found us in a large marquee with a crowd of oddly assorted people lured by that same word. We learned that several well known playwrights had each been asked to write one scene of a play, based on true historical events around Chichester.

The extras would be responsible for their own seventeenth century style costumes, and the directors needed about 50 or so people to learn a country dance, and a smaller group to sing a mix of hymns and folk songs. They showed us patterns for the type of clothes we'd need, and I was hooked!

Before I knew it, I'd 'volunteered' for both the singing and dancing, and couldn't wait to start on our costumes...We had to invent characters for ourselves, too, for we were told it would help us to be 'believable' to the audience. Thus let me introduce... 

"My Lady Anne, sister of the Bishop, and her maidservant, Prudence." 

No prizes for guessing who I played!
 
Sepia Saturday's prompt has stirred up more memories. To be continued... 

WARNING!  between 11 p.m. last night and 6.46 a.m. this morning, I have a total of eight 'Anonymous' comment emails showing in my in box for this post. If you are trying to leave me a comment, I suggest you use your own blogname, then I might read it! At the moment, every anonymous comment will go straight to my junk folder. If you are a spammer- go away!

25 comments:

stephen Hayes said...

Lovely picture. It would be fun to "tread the boards," but unfortunately I have no talent.

Wendy said...

What fun! Maybe it didn't get you a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but you have wonderful memories and a great story to tell.

Jackie said...

Talented lady you are, my friend!!
Love,
Jackie

Doctor FTSE said...

What did all those comments say, Prudence? "Please can we have our bonnets back when yer play is over?"

Jinksy said...

I had more sense than to open them up, so I've no idea what they said!

Jinksy said...

N.B. I wasn't called Prudence for nothing!

The Weaver of Grass said...

You were Lady Anne of course - I will not believe otherwise.

Anvilcloud said...

Whomever you were, you dressed the part well.

Jinksy said...

No, Weaver - Prudence, maid of all work - that was me! LOL

Little Nell said...

Those costumes are lovely!

Maggie May said...

What a lovely story! You look good in the photo on the left!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Jinksy said...

No I'm the one on the right, Maggie...

Joy said...

You are a multi-talented volunteer, great costumes. The 17th century did like their hats must have been a good time to be a hatter.

Bob Scotney said...

You have a Joyce Grenfell look about you in that photo. Do you do monologues?

Jinksy said...

Not I - but the lady on the left does a mean 'Sam,Sam pick oop tha musket!'

Susan Scheid said...

"They showed us patterns for the type of clothes we'd need, and I was hooked!" Great story, and I loved this line--so far from my own total failure at sewing.

Stella Jones said...

More lovely memories and more beautiful costumes. They are both gorgeous. Do you still tread the boards Jinksy?

Jinksy said...

No more than at an open mike evening last summer!. Most of my ‘board treading’ was as part of a barbershop chorus, though not in a true acting sense, for once again I was involved with many of the costumes the chorus used to wear…

Carolina said...

You're clearly the one on the right, for us viewers ;-) Looking pretty good I must say. Very jolly too. A veritable star!

21 Wits said...

Oh I have to go with the stunning actress on the left! What a great time you must have had, and the priceless photo to remind you now! (Doesn't Blogger block your unwanted advertisers (spam) and stuff in your spam?) I know mine gets filled up with clearly people just trying to sell stuff)

Christine H. said...

What a great photo of you. I only wish the production had been recorded on Youtube so we could all see it.

Bruno Laliberté said...

I-AM-DYING-WITH-LAUGHERS-HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
no anonymous comment here, just ME!!
:D~
HUGZ

This is priceless!!!
:D~

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

What a great picture of you two! Loved this post. It looks like you guys had a blast, and how neat that everybody got to be so creative. Some Anon. are not bloggers though ... I try hard to see if they are legit or not.

Take care,

Kathy M.

merinz said...

Maybe this is the beginning of a whole new career?

NitWit1 said...

I probably would have volunteered in some capacity, singing. Dancing is not in my repetoire. I bet it is a barrel of fun. I never browse anonymouse. I am forever NitWit1