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- Me, Myself, and I
- I am an Anglican Priest who has had to take early retirement due to ill health. An old rugby injury from when I was 17 has come back to haunt me. I have two children and three grandchildren. I have been married for 36 years (got married New Year's Day 1972 - can't forget that day). I enjoy music, especially live musicals. Although I cannot now partake in sport I follow rugby, football, and am involved in a local animal sanctuary.
- Live Musicals
- Historical films, Sci Fi, Musicals
- Rugby - Wasps, Football - Arsenal, Cricket - Kent, and International Sports
- Scared Of
- Bank Managers
- Happiest When
- With my family, helping with animals, meeting people.
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It is hard to believe that 175 days had elapsed since that awful experience triggered by a BT malfunction coupled with a “John Sergeant” style sympathy vote had robbed the girl with the “world class performance” of her place as Nancy on I’d Do Anything.
Now, the time had come for that wrong to be put right. Jessie Buckley was making her long anticipated London debut and my wife, Nicky, and I were among the lucky ones to have tickets for that opening night. We were so looking forward to it and now, at last, the day had arrived.
I’m waiting spinal surgery following an old rugby injury that makes walking and standing a challenge. I was not looking forward to the underground journey, but I was not going to miss this performance for the world. On leaving London Bridge Station Nicky and I came face to face with a public house called The Banker And The Barrow Boy. We chuckled because “Barrow Boy” is Suzy Kirk’s nick name for John Barrowman. “That man gets everywhere” I joked as we hurried past afraid of contamination.
We had arranged to meet Derrers, Roger & Lynne and Dawn in another pub that claimed to serve food until 7:00 pm. On arrival we asked for the menu only to be told it was an old sign that needed changing. After telephoning Roger and Derrers to warn them Nicky and I found a little restaurant where we ate something before making our way back to the original pub, collecting our tickets on the way, and running into Roger and Lynne in the booking hall.
Eventually we all met up and after a drink and a long conversation about the show we made our way to the theatre. It is a cosy little place with a big heart and a very generous welcome. At last we made our way to our seats and just as we reached ours my legs nearly gave way giraffe style and I almost collapsed into a young lady’s lap. No doubt it would have been enjoyable for me but frightening for her.
The show was scheduled to start at 8:00pm, but at about 8:10 someone (Trevor Nunn?) came out to explain that this was to be the first time it would be performed in its entirety by the cast who were treating it as a dress rehearsal. Then it began. As soon Anne, Jessie Buckley, started speaking Nicky looked at me and mouthed “O My God”. I knew exactly what she meant. Both of our minds were going back to that day in May when in a jealous tantrum a judge on I’d Do Anything criticised her Irish accent. There was not a trace of it now. Instead we had what would be described today as being a “Sloane Ranger” accent, 100% English. Her singing, timing, expressions were both mature but fresh, a side that came over so well in I’d Do Anything and set her apart from the other contestants.
At half time Nicky and I were introduced to Katie, who was exactly as we expected her to be, a true devotee of Jessie’s cause and a very charming young lady.
The second half was set in the country and at one point, one of the logs, came crashing down and could have caused serious injury to any one under it. With true professionalism it was cleared away as though it was part of the story and the show continued.
After the final scene the cast took their final bow and acknowledged the outstanding musicians who had enhanced the production so well. At the bow we could detect the emotion in Jessie’s eyes. The same emotion she showed on week six of I’d Do Anything when Lord Webber described her singing as the best he had ever heard from a girl her age. Here she was among friends, her colleagues and her fans that had come to encourage and support her. Nicky and I were in the back row so we stood, and that encouraged the rest of our row to stand in appreciation of the whole cast.
My overall impressions of the show? The singing, the acting, the overall performance was brilliant, not only from Jessie but from the whole company. Everyone was enjoying their role, but also intent on entertaining their audience.
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