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Jan Leeming

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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Date: 1st December 2009


Julie Goodyear has finally pulled out of the show on the grounds of ill health.  She performed in the first week and has been absent for the following two.  Such a shame as she was very good in the part of Cora.  However we now have the lovely Hannah Waterman in the role and she's  also very good.  Perhaps now the show can settle down and the poor principles won't have to keep being called in for more rehearsals.

The audiences have been absolutely great but this last Saturday was simply Fantastic and we learned that our lovely Director Hamish McColl and also our great producer David Pugh popped in to see the show.  I'm so glad they did.  Both the Matinee and Evening Audiences went absolutely wild and their laughter and applause added between 5 and 7 minutes to the running time - so absolutely no chance of catching the last train to my Home Station but an hour hanging around at Charing Cross.  If you can get a seat, those metal seats are very cold on one's behind.  I think I'll have to start wearing thermals.  That's the problem, you board a train and the heat generated by the passengers approximates to being in a sauna - and by the end of the journey you feel as though you are in an ice box!

It's such a tonic to be in a show which generates so much of the 'feel good factor' and laughter.  Every performance I watch from the wings especially the 'Nude' scene which is so funny.  Our lovely Debbie Chazen - who is fabulous as Ruth - is sadly leaving the cast on December 5th so I shall be watching every performance this week to imprint it on my subconscious.  The audience absolutely adore her.

David Pugh let slip that apparently there is now some interest in America with regard to taking the play over there.  Wow! That would be really exciting - I'd love to be involved so we'll just have to a wait and see.

Still loving being part - albeit a small part - of the show but the train journey is dreadful and the behaviour by drunken lads and ladettes is absolutely beyond belief.  I'd read about the behaviour of ladettes and had not believed that they could be worse than the men - Believe me they are.

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