‘I Want You Back’ –The Jackson Five
Beautiful Wednesday. Today was full of bliss and nature and heaven and lots of angels ‘n’ little foxes all running round naked in a big pot of love. First thing, before Macbeth rehearsal, Justine came up to me in the Common Room and said, ‘In my stupidity, I forgot to say something last nite.’
‘What?’ I asked.
‘Yes,’ she said. ‘I will go back out with you.’ I wriggled in my seat a lot and then we kissed and I jumped for joy, and it feels cutesome.
We have gone public and got together as much as we possibly could throughout the day.
4th TIME LUCKY… we hope!
‘Don’t Be My Enemy’ – Wang Chung
Today’s matinee went really well, but as the Baptists who were against us had warned, ‘It will happen to you on the last nite…’
And it did.
Tonight’s show was videoed and attended mostly by parents – including Betty + Freddie. The hassle came when I, as the King, threw Banquo, my good friend Josh Wilde, across the floor. Unfortunately, on this occasion, as he slid across the stage (that had been left free of its rubber covering on the insistence of the Caretakers and College Stage Manager), a two inch by one inch splinter of rough stage board entered his arm at great speed, pushing right up into the flesh of his inner elbow. The play went on, and Josh continued for the remaining scenes until his ghost could be played by Ron Johnson, but things had to be reshuffled ‘live’ and poor old Josh had to go to hospital to have the bit of wood removed. He was so faint and in a lot of pain, and this upset me a great deal. I cried for ages, because I felt responsible for the floor and for throwing him. It was a horrible accident, but I’d have hated to have to go through what poor old Josh went through. I was devastated for the poor bloke, but had to make up and go on and do my ‘reanimated cadaver’ bit. A fantastic show, though. Thanks to all involved. The team spirit was tremendous – absolutely fabulous.
It was a distressing but brilliant show, and thankfully my good friend Josh is fine.
‘Spirit of the Thing’ – The Technos
The cast have signed my copy of the deliciously red programme, as follows:
‘To an innocent Duncan, oodles of legwarmers, Kelly x’
‘To Ritcherd, You Horny Beast, well done, lots of love, Lizzie xx’
‘To my taxi partner, all ma love, x Jo xxx’
‘To Ritcherd, Alban’
‘Well done, Carl Morris’
‘To Ritcherd, from Kat, well done, me boy, love Johnny Pardwee xxx’
‘To Ritcherd, good luck, Gilly xx’
‘Well done, William Daniels’
‘Dear Ritcherd, with your heart of gold – MR STAR of Macbeth, Tracey xxx’
‘It’s me, it’s me, Oh Cathy! Hello, Ritcherd, I will forgive you for being a Doctor Who fan because you make a wonderful Duncan. Lots of love, Charlotte Kneale x’
‘Well done Ritcherd, with kisses and lovebites, Si x’
‘Ritcherd, I enjoyed the fondling! Congrats! Lots of love, Una Baker xxxxx’
‘To Ritcherd, all the best, Sharon “Party Breath” x’
‘To Ritcherd, Best wishes, Jonny Badcock x’
‘To Ritcherd, love + kisses from the 2 line wonder, Lee x’
‘Love ‘n’ hugs, Laura xx’
‘Thanks for the crisps, now I’m going to sleep, Becky the Poo’
‘Wot a good snogger you are! I want to do a wannie burp! Oodles of love, Donna xxx’
‘To my darling friend, lots of love and hugs, Bianca xxxx’
‘Have a good reign, Kenneth (Rocky Horror)’
‘Well done – loved the set! Lots of luck, love Shelley x (J ACIIID)’
‘I helped to devise most of this programme (actually I didn’t), never mind, take care! Davina Ellis’
‘RITCHERD (Flirt), Remember me in years to come, luv Emma Goddard (Flirt)’
‘Ritcherd babes! Lechery is fun. Lossa love always, Jodie xxxx’
‘RITCHERD, You’re so bloody sexy, Marco (Mr Big)’
‘Ritcherd – you big flirt (but I don’t mind), Francesca x’
‘Ritcherd, love Glen x’
‘Dear Ritcherd, well done. Have fun + sorry for any bruises I caused! Love Gem’
‘Well Done + Best wishes to the sexiest king I know!! Dorrie xxx’
‘Get your priorities right, P Brownfield’
‘Hi Ritcherd from Caroline Clifford, THE DINNER LADY!!!’
‘To Ritcherd, you were skill, love from Rhoda x’
‘To Ritcherd, from The Lost Boy’
‘To Ritcherd (the third), you’re a fart face, love Harri xx’
And Julian Ward added a note next to the advert for The PIZZA Gallery (on Chapel Street), which uses the Mona Lisa as part of its campaign. Julian wrote:
‘This is the one the Jagaroth didn’t get! Love, J. Ward’
Ladies of court
Lady Macduff gentlewoman
Lady of Duncan
Ritcherd J Winterfood
COSTUME AND MAKE UP
Throughout the Macbeth Project, every member of ‘the company’ has been a treasure + a pleasure to work with. This seems to have been a proving ground for all of us, and I’m sure we are now that we are all a little more experienced, the best is yet to come…
[Forever hopeful! Lovely – Larry Goodgirl, late 1988]
Doctor Who’s new adventure, The Happiness Patrol was okay.
Probably not as good as Remembrance, though.
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Next time: ‘Macbeth party…’