The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Thursday, 8 March 1990

'Wild Oats' at West Yorkshire Playhouse


‘Loaded’ – Primal Scream

Today, I went to Elliott ‘Elbow’ Barlow’s.  He did me some copies of DOCTOR WHO videos, including THE DALEKS

He also did me an audio tape and gave me a PRISONER LP!

This evening, I attended the televised premiere and opening of THE WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE at Leeds.  The atmosphere was electric and it felt beautiful.  I was so happy to be there.

Before the show, I spoke briefly with Mark Lindley and John Axon.  I then met up with Kay and Dan who gave me my ticket, as Diana Rigg (THE AVENGERS!) officially opened one of the spaces: THE QUARRY.  Following this, we had the fireworks display, which gave an ecstatic feel to the occasion.

Then it was time for the show to start.

O’KEEFFE’s WILD OATS was absolutely fantastic.  Reece was brilliant and David (Fleeshman) was excellent.  It was also wonderful to see Murray and Ian.  EXCELLENT.

In the interval, I attended the Private Reception, with Jude’s blessing.  She said she had been happy to have me about and said I could go back whenever I so wished.  She also wished me the very best of luck with my future career.

The reception was great; little me rubbing shoulders with Diana Rigg, Timothy West, Peter Woodward, Paul Scofield, Richard Whitely, and the woman who used to play GLORIA in CORONATION ST.  There were countless other familiar faces, but one just couldn’t put names to them.

During the interval, I felt so elated that I wanted to share the moment with Fergie.  I decided to ring her, but the bloody ‘phone wouldn’t take cash and only offered reverse charge calls!

Unfortunately, due to bus issues, I didn’t go to the after-show party, but I chatted to Geraldine backstage and she promised to pass on my good regards.

Wonderful time had by all. 

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