The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Wednesday, 7 December 1988

Hammering Equity


London Contemporary Dance Seminar.

9.00am – Radio Norfolk.

Equity – 11.15pm.

Panto at Highgate County Primary (opposite College).

Can have use of school hall from 1.15pm.  Performance starts at 2.00pm.

Wisbech workshops start 2 – 4pm.


Overture: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg’ – Wagner


The PANTO went well today, which was a rite stonker. 


The first performance at REFFLEY SCHOOL was the best.  It went extremely well and was well received.  The second was hilarious, as we found the end of term ‘decadence’ creeping in.  In an attempt to give the cast something of a giggle, whilst testing their abilities, I (as Berwin Groomstool) purposefully tried to ‘put them off’ by calling Will ‘Dame DOLLOP!’ instead of ‘Dame Dishup!’  They were dying to laugh.  We were all in hysterics, trying to hide it as we acted.  So funny.  They covered themselves very well. 


The performance at HIGHGATE SCHOOL in the afternoon – without tomfoolery – was atrocious.  The playing area and the facilities we were given were too small and cramped.  Sadly, during the performance, the sound equipment fused and blew, but the cast continued, quite positively.  It really was an atrocity.  Never mind.  We live ‘n’ learn.


Larry gave EQUITY some hammer on the Radio once again, and the Baptist’s Society officially apologised to Larry + our lovely Norfolk College Drama Society for the behaviour of one of their number (now apparently disassociated) at the time of MACBETH AT THE RED MOUNT. 


This evening, as I had other engagements, Kat + Daniel finally mixed the Kathakali video tape.  I did leave them with a few instructions about what I was looking for in the piece (a nice mix of visuals and dialogue, basically; not too stuffy or studenty, but something visually dashing, exciting + elegant), but Dan knows what he’s doing.



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Next time: ‘London Contemporary Dance…’

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