Thursday, 11 March 2010

Making a Drama out of a Crisis


Playing Bella Manningham at the Rugby Theatre 6-13 February was a tremendous experience. After a 7-year break from stage acting, it was good to tread the boards again. Here is a small selection of photos from the 90 or so that were taken during 2 dress rehearsals.

I don't know about my performance but that wig deserved a standing ovation. it managed to stay on, in spite of me throwing myself around the stage! I called it 'Fido' and fed it twice a day.

Moving wallpaper - or furniture anyway

Referring to my last blog post on 21st February - the crisis is over. It sounds over-dramatic I know, but a few weeks ago I thought I'd never feel happy again. Business was slow in 2009, resulting in mounting debts and the need to drastically reduce our monthly outgoings. We made enquiries to let our house and before we knew it, it was advertised and snapped up with tenants wanting to move in within 2 weeks! We weren't in a financial position to turn it down and it meant we had to find somewhere else much cheaper to live, and find it quickly. As luck would have it, a flat was available to rent in the same road, just 65 yards away at an affordable price. Extremely lucky, you might be thinking, and you'd be right, the flat is fabulous BUT... no dogs allowed! If we'd had time to consider it all properly we would NEVER have parted with our 2 gorgeous little dogs, but we had to make an urgent decision, so the dogs went. Trevor, my daughter Lucy and I never expected it to be as painful as it was and we all cried buckets for days after we gave them to another family.

However, just over a week ago, we contacted the family and they agreed to us taking the dogs out for a few hours. It was lovely but when we returned them, the pooches seemed so pleased to be back with their new family, we accepted they aren't ours any more and it was time to let go. Crisis over and happy times have returned :)


Steve said...

Firstly, you look amazing - I love period costume and that guys muttonchops are incredible. I now have facial hair envy.

Glad things have sorted themselves out (or rather you and Trevor have sorted things out) on the home front but it does like you've had a traumatic time. So sorry to hear about your dogs but, as you say, it sounds like they've gone to a warm, loving home which is as good as it's going to get. Let's hope it's onwards and upwards.

Annie said...

Aw bless you Steve! The actor (Keith) cultivated his mutton chops for months!

Hey, we all have these ups and downs in life (you know that as well as anybody!). Yes, let's hope the next chapter of life will be an 'up'... and that goes for you too!