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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Wednesday, June 13, 2001

10. I've sung professionally on stage - TRUE...
I was in every school play and Old Time Music Hall that our school put on. Singing, dancing and acting. I wasn't particularly good at any of those but I enjoyed it so that's all that counts in my book. After school I did lots of 'am dram'. I was the lead in various productions (straight drama and musical) for the North Herts Youth Theatre and the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society (CULES). We murdered all the classics; Shakespeare, Coward, Orton. We performed in schools, old peoples homes, borstals and prisons. Anywhere that would have us. I pity those poor buggers. We even did sketch shows and variety. What possessed us? Someone must have been watching as finally I was asked to perform professionally at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage. I played the part of Wang, The Water Seller in Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person Of Sichuan. Being Brecht naturally I had to sing as well as act. I lost my nerve. I sang badly. I was crap. I hated it. I've not performed since. High fiddly-dee, (not) an actors life for me.

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