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A Dame’s Diary: Friday 18th January

January 19, 2013

Indeed the snow came down! Looked out of the window at the Winter Wonderland that was Wolverhampton! It is not so bad here really, but you know looking at it that it will affect the business. Got news that Birmingham had to cancel the matinee as I mentioned before- due to schools closing and lack of transport.

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Here at the Grand we did a matinee, but there were some gaps where a party had cancelled or failed to arrive. Not so the intrepid “Sisters” David Robbins and Martin Ramsdin arrived from London, accompanied by their Nottingham Panto Company Manager Mike Chalmers,  after a four hour journey through the snow. They arrived in time for a catchup in Dame Trott’s Boudoir, and watched our matinee before dashing through the snow to see the Hippodrome’s evening performance.

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They had a fabulous run at Nottingham in “Cinderella”, and are now catching the last rays of pantoland before it sets over Birmingham and Bradford!

It was a fun matinee, with the audience making up in volume for numbers- and between shows I began a slow start to the packing that is to follow this weekend. The theatre won’t do the “get-out” on Sunday after the show, they will start it on Monday morning. My costume will, hopefully, be packed and labelled to go by a few minutes after curtain down!

Had a very lovely surprise this afternoon. Courtesy of Peter and all at Dudley Zoo, I have officially adopted Tallullah The Tapir! How good is that! She sent me a little note, presumably written in her own four toed front foot (she has three toes on her back feet)and sent me lots of pictures! I am so delighted and grateful thanks to all at DZG!

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Evening we felt a tad peckish (as always) so headed to the Chinese with the ladies and gents of the ensemble, Ben, Paul, Ken and Sherrie for a jolly night out before putting the world to rights back at the Hotel.

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Now I’m packing- proper packing. Tomorrow I’ll be giving my huge suitcase to my friend Owen Smith – he will be visiting with my Brother Vivyan, and along with my lovely friend and wardrobe lady Sarah Ford, they will be seeing the evening show tomorrow.

Owen will take my luggage to London and I’ll be heading to Birmingham for a week of Panto viewing at the Hippodrome from Sunday onwards until the end of their run. Only four shows left here now!

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One Comment
  1. I’ve been an adopter of Tallulah’s boyfriend Chico for a few years now, love the Tapirs!!
    Enjoy the final two shows tomorrow, and you’ll love Robinson Crusoe I’m sure, it’s great!! All the best Nigel..! X

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