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Saturday 20th Jan.A Good Evening!

February 22, 2016

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The end of the week!

A very jolly Saturday evening at Brick Lane, with my mates Jason Belne & John Pitton in to see the show, courtesy of Ian Gold who brought along another twenty-eight in his party! It’s Ian’s second time to see “Jack and his Stalk”, so we must be doing something right! It was lovely to see them backstage and I managed to go out front at the end of the show for a glass of vi9no. Here are some pics of their visit.

Here we are joined by Andrew Ryan at the end of the night. From left to right John, Jason, Mike, Laura Andrew and me having the first sit down of the night!

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Backstage with Ian Gold (Centre)

Jason (Belne) along with Mandy Holiday (of Les Miserables fame) produced “The Tinder Box”, a children’s show at the Player’s Theatre London this Christmas. It played throughout the festive season, and got some excellent reviews!

Apart from my lot in, there was a large group celebrating a departure to Frace, another were celebrating an engagement, and the joint was jumpin’ as I went front of house after the show. Great fun tonight both on and off stage, with Vincent on fine form as ever, and a jolly atmosphere.

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Vincent prepares!

This week the BLMH company have been to see shows in the West End, including a return visit to “Funny Girl” and to “Kinky Boots” and “The Railway Children”- possible when you do a matinee show and its half an hour into the West End.

Getting into make-up can be a fairly lengthy process- Poison Ivy takes me longer than usual as she has more facial glitter! Andrew R and I while away the time listening to the very latest in music trends to keep up with whats hip, street and on point. Today it was Anne Shelton followed by Betty Driver (yes- Betty from Corrie) and next week we might venture into a few Vera Lyn tracks.

Here’s a photograph I like- its Vincent and Ivy caught off guard. I think he was being naughty at this moment and it made me laugh. I like this moment captured!

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When we left Brick Lane after midnight on a very wet and windy night/morning, it struck me that now we have just seven panto shows left between now and March 5th. The Music Hall show will be rehearsing shortly, as will The Irish Show, and soon it will be time to wind down the wand and crank up the shamrock!

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Here’s a photograph I received from Charles Burdon. What a great picture! From left to right Debbie Flitcroft(Hudd) with Hubby Roy Hudd. The fabulous Joan Hall and Charles Burdon. Panto magic on one sofa! Debbie has recently presented “Dick Whittington” at Wilton’s Music Hall starring Roy in his very FIRST Dame role! Joan has appeared in countless Musicals and Pantomimes-A very lovely Fairy Godmother, and Charles is one of the country’s top Dames, having (like someone else I know) played Ugly Sister in a long running partnership for many years. Burdon & Moran and Ellacott & Robbins certainly saw some “Cinderellas”!

Next week Five shows, all daytime!

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