So with Michelle being off recently I have been using my free time wisely ....not but I am not gonna bore you with the details (that's a lie ) ha ! So on Monday the ' cardboard citizens ' came to uni and we all piled into the theatre to see them , and I tell you what it was well worth the £ 8 ! They are company that uses forum theatre to tell stories and allows the audiences to take part and try and change the outcome , most of their work is performed in hostels with a lot of their work being by Homeless people for Homeless people. Plenty of people got up and tried to resolve the problem and I do wish that I had got up because I did have some ideas. However I had a serious issue that stopped me from getting up on stage .... my shoes ! I swear the heels were 5 inches tall and I just knew if I got up in those shoes I would end up stacking it in front of everyone which wouldn't usually be a problem because I not the most graceful at the best of times but it really wasn't the time or place for another high moment in my life involving me embarrassing myself again!
After the performance we headed to the s.u along with actors , were along with sipping cider and black through a straw ( class act , I know ) I chatted ( harassed) the actors about how they started with the company and if they had any advice for me , they were lovely and extremely helpful. I was really interested in finding out how they began to write the plays as I have a keen interest in writing and would love to have a go at writing and performing my own forum piece.
When Mark set us the task of performing a story for no longer than 5 minutes, straight away I thought of the poem ' the owl and the pussy cat ' as it was a favourite of mine as a child. Zoe was really excited and we went into creative mode and lets just say with us two the sky is the limit. We decided that we wouldn't be content with just telling the story but rather building a set and acting the poem out. We then went trawling through Twickenham charity shops and even made a brief visit to a timber yard! I randomly had loads of cardboard in my house so the obvious thing to do was to make a pea green boat ! have you ever tried to find pea green paint its hard , like trying to find tartan paint !
I loved working with Zoe because her enthusiasm for theatre is infectious and she was brilliant and full of ideas. We had so much fun it was like we were in blue peter , we had cardboard all over her living room and paint everywhere including on my feet because as always I was my accident prone self! I can't draw to save my life but luckily Zoe can and I am a dab hand with a paint brush so we were the perfect creative team. I was actually quite nervous to perform it on Friday but once we got into it I enjoyed it getting so into it I knocked a wine bottle over with my tale !
How beautiful is Ham House gardens , seriously ! When we got given the tour the whole way round I reckon i probably looked like a goldfish with my mouth wide open . I was pleased to find out that even when the house is shut to the public the gardens are still open. So that's on my to-do list now along with the ghost tour , which I am so excited for I hope its just like most haunted down to the annoying scouse one , no not me! I mean Derek Acorah