Having just recovered from performing in one revival of an 80s sitcom, there’s another on the horizon. I don’t usually audition for the plays which SADOS produces each November, preferring to wait for the Spring musical. But when I heard they had decided to do Hi-de-Hi!, I couldn’t resist.
For all those youngsters out there, Hi-de-Hi! is a comedy set in 1959/60 at Maplins holiday camp. Following my success in Acorn Antiques as Mrs Overall, the loveable old cleaner, people thought I might audition for Peggy, the over-enthusiastic chalet maid who is desperate to become one of the entertainers, the Yellowcoats. However I didn’t want to be typecast as a frump in a pinny and couldn’t for the life of me get her Lancashire accent right. I did rather fancy the role of Gladys, the Welsh Chief Yellowcoat,
|Nicky Kelly as Sylvia Garnsey|
but that wasn’t to be. I have, instead, been given the role of Gladys’ arch enemy, Sylvia Garnsey, who, according to the director’s notes is ‘tall, attractive and sporty’ with a nickname of ‘Legs’. Couldn’t be further from my Mrs Overall character and Dougie is quite delighted about that. I think he’s hoping I will be strutting round the house in a pair of white shorts, a yellow blazer and sporting a blonde wig: anything to take away the memory of the varicose-veined tights, pinny and hairnet.
I don’t have many lines so not too much to worry about. Instead I’m looking forward to being with my pals once a week and enjoying the fun of the rehearsals.
So, what else have I been up to?
Mum came for a visit around the time of my birthday so we had another glorious day on the North Norfolk coast, watching the boats at Burnham Overy Staithe before having a delicious lunch outside on the decking of Briarfields in Titchwell. Highly recommended.
Rory has now broken up from school. We took him and his girlfriend to see a National Theatre Live (encore) performance of Macbeth, starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, screened at our local theatre/cinema from a recording at the Manchester International Festival. We kept meaning to book to see one of these live screenings (should have booked to see Frankenstein and The Audience) and eventually got round to it. It didn’t disappoint. If you get the chance to see this at your own local cinema, do go and see it. Breathtaking.
Now packing for our holidays. Off to Austria soon and will therefore be having a blogging break. I’ll be taking an old-fashioned notebook and pen, scribbling down our adventures and will write them up when we get back.
I hope you all behave yourselves whilst I’m away. Will catch up with all the gossip when I return.