Thursday, 15 September 2016

Comic Timing

You know how it is. You crack a joke and people laugh. Then some bright spark suggests you should be on the stage. And, with perfect comic timing, they follow with, “sweeping up!” Cue an even bigger laugh than your original witty story received.

This has happened to me on many occasions, in the past. I’d like to say it put me off treading the boards or having a stab at ‘stand-up’, but the truth is, I’d be paralysed with fear if I had to stand in front of an audience and perform. These days any attempt at humour is made in the company of friends and family, or from relative safety, this side of the keyboard.

But the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd hasn’t deterred other family members from taking to the stage. We’re not a million miles from pantomime season and, for the fourth year running, SW is getting excited about this years school production. And it’s…The Sound of Music…with a Star Wars twist. Feel free to rewrite the lyrics to those classic Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers.

SW (with fellow actor) in Aladdin, 2 years ago.


SW's mum (far right) in Wizard of Oz, 30 years ago.  

Okay. Places, everyone!

6 comments:

  1. Lord it must be the hardest thing in the world being a Stand-Upnowhere to hide. Good Luck to all who tread (or sweep) the boards.Although..a The Sound of Music in Space sounds like a cunning plan SW !

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    1. I can only imagine the sense of dread when it all goes wrong, and the out-of-this-world feeling when you have the audience in the palm of your hand. Yes, an interesting run-up to Christmas, when we get to see the fruits of the the school's labours.

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  2. I love the sound of that - the Sound of Music with the Star Wars twist! Good luck to SW :-)

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    1. Sounds great, doesn't it? This will be the fourth production for the school. The kids and staff work so hard, and it shows. Very much looking forward to it.

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  3. We will count on you for pictures of the performance.

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    1. Absolutely. I'll be there, with camera fully charged!

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