There comes a time, Dear Reader, in every girl’s life when she needs to escape from her 46 year old self and rediscover her inner 7 year old. It is a state of being which I must say, I can highly recommend and one which we should all indulge in from time to time. My good friend Mrs G had been wanting to put on The Inaccurate Conception for quite some time and lo it came to pass that we could all fit it into our busy theatrical lives…..the readthrough was most amusing and I coveted the part of Jessica, a precocious, lisping, red-haired tap dancer and lo it came to pass once more that the part of said awful child was mine.
The play itself is fairly riotous, with the parts of the children being played by adults and two of the female teachers (in our interpretation) being played by men
The play itself centres on Verruca St primary school and the hapless Celia Whibley whose task is to put on the nativity play. It goes from inception to rehearsal to performance and my own crowning glory moment was as a tap dancing Virgin Mary….that’s probably all that you need to know.
This was some of us a school children
It was marred only slightly by an awful chest infection that developed and which almost completely robbed me of my voice but after a dose of steroids, Covonia, paracetamol, Fisherman’s Friends (yes THAT joke did get very boring after the 100th time) and anything else I could lay hands on, I had just enough to do the show.
My on stage Mummy was marvellous – don’t we look a picture?
We did of course have to have a stern headmistress…(you have to catch her when she isn’t looking otherwise you get detention)
And of course the comedy duo
It was such a great show – we loved it and the audiences did too which was brilliant. My chest and I are now ‘resting’ until after Christmas when Agatha Christie will be the order of the day.
I have returned all of my costume but secretly I wish I’d kept a bit to slip into and have a go on the swing in the garden or maybe a tap dance across the kitchen. It was the most fantastic fun to be 7 and who knows, maybe deep down inside I really am…..