Friday, 14 November 2008


I’ve been bitten by a bug - of the drama variety. As part of Children in Need parents were invited to attended my daughter’s Friday drama class tonight. The improvisation was about cowboys and of course we all were encouraged to come in costume. As usual we left it until the last minute but managed to scrabble together something vaguely appropriate. As I looked at myself in the mirror in my jeans tucked into boots + checked shirt + tassly neckerchief/scarf combo I had a major flashback and realised that this was how I dressed for most of the ‘80s.

When we arrived at the drama class it was like a sixth form disco circa 1986. Lots of mums revisiting their wardrobes and quite liking what they found (majority of dads had made their excuses, hubby had an optician’s appointment for exactly the same time as the class. Funnily enough)

As we got started (yes we had to join in the class not just sit on the side) I found myself wishing I’d had an early evening drinky. I felt horribly self conscious as we were asked to play out being a pilot in a plane that suddenly experienced engine problems (this was a warm up before the cowboy stuff got going). It wasn’t the zooming around I couldn’t cope with, I’m OK at a bit of mime, it was the dialogue that was supposed to accompany it. “No screaming,”we were told, as we hit emergency buttons and wrestled with joy sticks, “I want to hear big fat sentences” While the children articulated the fear, panic and capability of pilots in a mid air crisis, the parents jostled around mumbling ‘oh dear, oh dear.” What made it even more embarrassing was the mum and dad who had turned up without a costume between them but with a video camera. Mortifying. Desperately hoping they haven’t heard of YouTube.

But, as the session progressed I really got into it, and well, ended up getting a bit carried away. If there was an award for overacting I think I would have won it for my fainting fit at the point in the saloon bar scene (yes we’re onto the cowboy bit now) when a cowhand was gored by a bull (or ‘bored by a gull’ as one of the parent-actors enunciated)

I did however get three stickers (Creative Work, Good Movement and Beautiful Voice if you’re interested) and ooh how I wore then with pride (still wearing them actually)

It was a really good fun event and raised lots of money (especially from sticky bun sale and raffle (prize - a free term of classes (worth gazillions).)

So now I’m dreaming of greasepaint and bright lights and have been googling the local am dram group. Hubby has been muttering darkly that if I take up acting “something will have to go” and I don’t think he means the cat. Still, having giving up knitting for the sake of me health I’m sure I can squeeze in a bit of board treading. I will be there next week with my stickers and my red sparkly cowboy hat - how can they not let me in?


Debs said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, well done winning three stickers :)


Poppped over from Clarkey's blog (Karen the Ratcatcher). Hope they also gave you a gold star :) TFX

Jumbly Girl said...

Thanks Debs, it was a great start to the weekend.

Hi TF thanks for popping in - I always enjoy your comments on Karen's blog. No gold stars for me - I think my overacting during the big climax scuppered that. My family also cast doubt on the validity of my 'beautiful voice' sticker and sniggered at the 'good movement' one - its tough being unappreciated :o)

KAREN said...

Ooh you are brave! I'd have gone all tongue-twisted and stupid.

I'll be looking out for you dressed as John Wayne on the next series of Britain's Got Talent :o)

Jumbly Girl said...

Karen - me on Britain's got Talent! - that's scarier than rats :o@

Tam said...

Ah go on with you, it's great fun - give it a whirl!

Jumbly Girl said...

Tam - oh I'd love to I really would but I couldn't physically fit it in at the moment and there isn't really anything I could give up at the moment - but it's something I'm destined to do eventually (sooner rather than later) and Im really looking forward to it :o)