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Tuesday 22nd Dec: Birthdays!

December 23, 2015

Tuesday 22nd Dec: Birthday Boy & Girl!

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Two shows as usual- 1pm and 5pm. Both houses packed to the rafters, and some dreadful weather- I foolishly walked back from the Birthday Celebrations at midnight- (more to follow) from one end of the Promenade to the other in rain, hail and skin searing winds. When I arrived back I had to dump all my clothing, nether garments and all into the bath. I was totally drenched. I now know how John feels at the end of the “Busy Bee” routine!

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The reviews for the Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime are out, and they are excellent! Hoorah! Can’t wait to see Andrew Ryan strutting his stuff in the blockbuster “Aladdin” on January 2nd!
Deeply flattered that Daniel Dawson mentioned Andrew, Chris Hayward and myself in his BBC interview about his Panto visits. Top three trad glamour dames eh? How kind!

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James & Dave on the sound desk

Hearing great comments about the Panto up the road- The Colwyn Bay “Cinderella”, and looking forward to catching up with them all on our last few days here at Venue Cymru.

After the second show, and a Barnsley Chop at the “Albert” (too much information?) We all gathered at “Sinatra’s Cocktail Lounge” to celebrate the birthday (today) of Ricky, our Prince and Lesley, (Tomorrow) our Wardrobe Mistress. Ricky had 1,400 people singing “Happy Birthday” to him from the stage today, proving its good to work on your birthday!

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Sinatras Cocktail Lounge
We had a great night. Sinatra’s created a cocktail in Ricky’s honour and a mocktail for Lesley and (thanks Lisa!) a cake replete with candles made an appearance. We had a lot of fun and a lot of cocktails until pumpkin time!

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A mystery for you, dear IBY readers- Wayne who wors at Venue Cymru brought in a find. A local lady discovered these shoes in a decidedly theatrical hamper. They are obviously Music Hall, hand crafted leather and must have cost a great deal in the Edwardian age.

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The wearer would have been an eccentric dancer, emulating “Little Tich”. I believe he would have gone “en pointe” in these shoes, and possibly locked them into brackets near the footlights so he could bend forwards to touch the stage and back again. I wonder WHO did they once belong to? Hoping some labels might be forthcoming from the rest of that theatrical hamper!

 

 

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