The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Friday, 10 February 1989

The Chinese Play (2)


‘Memento’ – Art of Noise



 

Soon, I’ll explain all about Emma + THE CHINESE PLAY.  Until then, all I can say is: Emma, I’m so glad we’re together.

 

Later:

LATE 

 

‘No Memory’ – Scarlet Fantastic



 

EMMA AND ME.  WOW.  THE LETTER.  THE WORDS.  THAT EMBRACE.  THOSE KISSES.  WE’RE TOGETHER NOW.  WE ARE ONE.  AND I WON’T SEE HER UNTIL MONDAY.  I’M ALREADY MISSING HER LIKE CRAZY.  GOD.  GOD…

 

EMMA GODDARD!

 

My feelings for her are undeniably strong, not just that old lust for Girlie-Goths I was burdened with.  I genuinely care for her.

 

‘You’re in love,’ says Donna.  ‘You must be.’

 

Ho-ho.

 

All I know is that right now Emma is the person I need most of all.  And she is.  She really is.

 


 

Later:

 

‘Love Comes Quickly’ – Pet Shop Boys



 

Sadly, today’s NORCAT Drama Studio performance of THE CHINESE PLAY suffered a few minor technical hitches and an underwhelming and unresponsive, mostly plebby, Goth audience.

 

Even so, Danny thought it was ace.

 

Today, I told Emma – in a letter – how I feel about her.  I felt it was best to strike whilst the iron’s hot, or I’d probably never know what might be.

 

She was stunned + shocked.  She was flattered + said I’d never acted that way.  I told her that I couldn’t, due to my shyness + fear of how she might react. 

 

We went away to talk + I told her how my feelings for her had developed.  I felt so helpless, worried she was going to say ‘Oh well, never mind’ and walk off.

 

But she didn’t.

 

She told me how she felt – which was lovely – and put her arms around me, embraced me.  ‘Where do we stand now?’ I wondered.  We chatted a little more and then I kissed her.  She kissed me.  And now we are One + it means so much to both of us.

 

Later:

 

‘I Want A Dog’ – Pet Shop Boys



 

The technical hitches in today’s performance of The Chinese Play were related to both lighting and sound.  Jodie Ratcliffe had had to pull out of operating lights at the last minute, so Carl Morris (who has some experience with this) was kind enough to take over.  But his lack of involvement with the show became apparent when some lighting cues came in late (by 3 or 4 seconds).  Luckily, Stage Manager Shelley Greene was on the ball and kept him in check.  The sound cues for the music during the Dance/Fight Sequence were hindered by the fact that someone accidentally knocked the cassette player’s FFWD button, leading to a last-minute scramble to rewind the cassette.  This lessened the impact of the now rather delayed action sequence.  But, all in all, the cast overcame these difficulties admirably.  

 

And despite the subdued audience response during the performance, once again we received loads of congratulations afterwards.

 





 

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Next time: ‘Missing Emma…’

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