The PHA pantomime group wanted me to create a Flying Carpet effect for them for their Derby show, and that took a bit more time than I thought it would but it is much better, technically, than the others I have seen and I delivered that on time. That reminds me, I must send them an invoice! It's stuff like that I forget, silly me.
I performed on the Max Miller Appreciation Show at the Komedia in Brighton and they seemed to like what I did but most of my time has been spent in rehearsals and performances of Jack and The Beanstalk at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill. What a great cast to work with. I am King Crumble (no, not Grumble) and Debbie is Fairy Organic, fresh but a bit more expensive. She has a cucumber for a wand... don't ask!
Early on in the run I had to have two nights off to go and appear in the final show of Strictly Come Dancing. What a waste of time. They could easily have put a quick filmed insert in, but oh no, I sat around for hour after hour after hour for what amounted to a 5 second flash on the screen. Grrrrrr.
That's about it really. The Pantomime takes up all my waking hours, especially as we commute to Redhill. The first week we got stuck there because some stuff called snow fell on the roads and the M25 and Reigate Hill were frozen over. I just saw some incredible photographs from Japan where the roads were clear despite REALLY high snow drifts on either side. Why don't our transport agencies ask them what they use and get that stuff over here? Debbie even had to abandon her car at one stage and set off to walk the last couple of miles to the theatre. A nice lady gave her a lift in a 4x4 and I went down the next day with ours and got her back on the road.
Christmas was quiet, but that was OK. I had lunch with my Mam and Debbie went to hers. Father Christmas brought me lots of goodies, especially a Canon 550D camera. I am still playing with that and will for some time to come.
Martin brought Lewis and Camilla down for a flying visit to see the pantomime and as I write he is on the way to join another ship out in the Caribbean. Gary came as well with Annie and Matthew and indeed, G and A will be here for lunch 'cos we have today off!
What else? Nothing much. I seem to have pulled muscles in my back although I can't remember lifting anything heavy... my wallet is very light after the festivities.
Some will moan about the expense but I thought the New Year fireworks on the Thames were the best ever and certainly sent me to bed feeling good about the New Year.
May you all have a very Happy and Peacefull 2011... now what was next on my list?