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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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At my Junior School
I got a part in the nativity play as one of the three Kings. being an entirely white school in the early seventies, we were a bit short on ethnic children, and so one of the kings wore black make-up, and one yellow. By some strange chance, they came up with the idea that the eleven year old actors were quite capable of doing their own makeup, so I ended up putting on my black makeup, both hands face and ears, all went well and we walked out on stage from the left, without any adult checking. as we turned to face the massed ranks of parents cooing at their kiddies, the audience instantly turned from the 'Aren't they sweet attitude of your typical parent at one of these events, to gales of laughter. it appeared that the black king had somehow forgotten to colour the ear that had till now been out of view.

I managed to cause trauma to all of the infants school who had come to see the serious play, and who found that the nativity story was packed with laughs. still could have been worse, i could have turned up at the crucifiction
(, Fri 2 Dec 2005, 22:10, closed)

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