Last Friday, after a manic week, an extra was snook in at the last minute as Nicky Taylor, from the West Yorkshire Playhouse, had been contacted by the local BBC Look North team to see if I was up for an interview around my involvement with the cast.
Because I see this as such an important step forward in theatre production, I gave up my only day off of the week willingly…….
The timings only came through Thursday afternoon and I was in London. Nicky had sent me off peak tickets as I hadn’t had time to work out times etc……It wasn’t until I began to look at trains on the way home Thursday night that I realised, once again, Northern Rail were on strike😳😱🙈. Luckily my taxi people still had a taxi available but I had to join the train at Brough again further down the line, as I couldn’t get into Hull……..🙄
The journey in the taxi wasn’t without incident as it was mega foggy and suddenly one of the country lanes was blocked off with a CLOSED sign😳, however, the driver obviously knew the lanes and weaved in and out of places I’d never seen before…..but we arrived safe and sound and the train was on time. The little yorkshire tea hut was just shutting but I smiled he saw me coming over the bridge and had a cuppa waiting for me🏆⭐️🏆
The mist was still hanging as we trundled by Wressle……..
Nicky met me in the foyer and we made our way across to the rehearsal room and found them busy rehearsing. It was amazing to see them working with props already! Talking through the nitty gritty of where they should be when was so good to watch.
They were working with their script in hand and trying to work out movement across the stage – sooooo fascinating….
The film crew arrived from Look North and I was up first with a short interview of why I was involved and what I hoped it would bring to the performance.
I spoke of my hope that it would bring reality to their ability to perform by bringing their words to life with meaning and context. – or at least those were the words my fingers have typed but what words I spoke, I havn’t a clue!
Nicky was up next talking about her role and the ‘Every Third Minute’ festival.
Then it was Sharon’s turn to talk about her role as Alice and the challenges it posed as an actress and having me to consult. The biggest challenge is depicting dementia in a realistic way.
We the had the obligatory photo of Me , Sharon and Luxmy, the presenter from Look North.
They then filmed as rehearsals continued with me watching alongside the Director David.
There was a scene with a scrabble board, as part of the scene, which me and Nicky were saying could be very useful for the joker in the cast during a performance to set up words for the others to suddenly see…….
The whole piece would only take up a couple of minutes on the programme so it’s always interesting to see which bits they use…….
Another great experience…….😊