February 18th, 2012
My other blog was awarded a Versatile Blogger award, which meant I had to relate seven random facts about me. It took me so long to think about them that I decided not to waste the effort and to post them here too! What a cheat!
I am particularly wet and squashy over animals (even though I eat them, quite happily) Llamas, cats, kittens, rabbits, dormice, puppies, lambs, donkeys, squirrels…they all make me go “Aah!” Though, I need to point out, quite hastily, that I don’t eat everything that is on that list. In fact, of those animals mentioned, I only eat two. You can make your mind up which two.
I was born and brought up in Liverpool. I don’t have a Scouse accent, although one can be provided, if required. Which brings me on to
I love acting. When we lived in Milton Keynes, I was a member of a very well-respected Amateur Theatre Company,(Stantonbury Campus Theatre Company) and was lucky enough to play Rita in “Educating Rita”. That was when my accent came into its own! Among others, I played parts in Dennis Potter’s “Son of Man”, various productions of Mystery Plays, Nicholas Nickleby, LarkRise to Candleford, Milton Keynes: the Musical, As You Like It, King Lear, Scouting for Boys, Man For All Seasons and several Murder Mysteries, with The Really Horrid Production Company which were great fun. I even performed in the new Milton Keynes theatre when it was first opened, with SCTC, in the musical “Hopes and Dreams” which was written about the beginnings of the city.
Connected to my theatrical endeavours is fact number 4
I have performed in a play, especially written for our theatre company, with a part especially written for me (or at least, written with me in mind) by the wonderful Bryony Lavery Within SCTC, there were many excellent women actors (and, sadly, I don’t really count myself among that number) who were often fighting (though not literally) for parts. So, as one of the directors was a good friend of Bryony Lavery’s, she asked her to come to work with the women of the group and to maybe write a piece for us. What came out of the workshops was the great play “Ophelia”, which took, as its inspiration,”Hamlet” but was written from Ophelia’s point of view. I was cast as Raag, a servant in the great castle of Elsinore, whose first action on stage was to look up the shroud of the dead king, and comment on the size of his manhood! As I say, it was especially written for me…! I’ve tried to find more details of the play online, but sadly there’s not much about it.
I’ve done this:
That’s correct. I have paraglided. Over Puy de Dome, in the Auvergne. It was with a very nice gentleman called Hubert – and while I was up there, flying free-as-a-bird, I was sick-as-a-dog! I do hope it didn’t land on anyone walking in the forest below!
I’ve written a novel. I just haven’t got round to contacting any agents about it. It’s called “Teaching Donkeys To Dance” and is about someone who moves to France. Even if it never gets published, the writing process was fab. I wrote it in my first year here, when Mr FD was still working in the UK, and coming over every fortnight. It certainly gave me something to do in the long, lonely days…!!!
I have been on the radio. Twice. Oooh, the excitement! Once was on the Radcliffe and Maconie show on Radio Two. They are now on Radio Six Music, but the feature “The Chain” moved with them. On this, the idea is to suggest a piece of music that is somehow connected to the piece played before (if that makes sense) If they pick your suggestion, they phone you up for a bit of a chat. For me, the piece of music before was by The Flatlanders, so I suggested this song. Can you guess why?! (Incidentally, I was at a show on that tour where that video was taken. Great! Birmingham Areana. A-ma-zing!)
The second time was an interview on Three Counties Radio, and a performance of my character Mary Magdalene, on Easter morning. If you read my Pause In Advent, you’ll read my retelling of Elizabeth’s story. This was Mary Magdalene’s story. It actually led to quite a few speaking engagements, mostly with Mother’s Unions, in the Bucks,Beds&Herts area. I didn’t get paid though!