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Too shy to ever appear on stage myself, I still hung around theatres like a bad smell when I was younger - lighting and set design were what I was good at.

Backstage we'd attempt to sabotage every production - us lighting geeks would wind up the sound man by putting the remote "pause" button for his reel-to-reel tape machine on his chair, so when he sat down it'd start running, ruining his cues. Actors would do scenes out of order to make our lives hell. It was great and I don't know why I don't still do it.

Tell us your stories of life on the stage.

(, Fri 2 Dec 2005, 11:02)
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Elizabeth Regina
As a kid I was in a play called Elizabeth Regina. I was too young to appreciate the potential humour in this, but that's not really the story... Everyone had to go to the audition, but I really, really didn't want to be in it. Naturally I was made the male lead.

We performed the play a number of times and got invited to perform at the Little Theatre in Bristol. All I can remember about this was getting on stage for the first scene and tripping over. After that I have no memory whatsoever. I have a newspaper clipping that says I was rather good though! I then failed to turn up for the second night as my Mum was worried about how nervous I had become...

Finally, to add to the fun, Points West, the local news service, invited us to perform the play on Plymouth Ho and recorded it. The only bit they showed on TV was me, dancing in a pair of tights and a ruff...

As you can imaging, the emotional scars run deep...
(, Fri 2 Dec 2005, 12:06, Reply)

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