The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Monday, 31 October 1988

'Macbeth' at the Red Mount


Hallowe’en…

 

‘Because You’re Young’ – David Bowie



 

JUSTINE

Justine and I spoke extremely briefly, but our ‘situation’ was not discussed.  Even so, she came to see me in the outdoor MACBETH.






Today felt tremendously nerve-wracking. 

 

After speaking too, too briefly with Justine, I went and made up and put my costume together to rehearse MACBETH, technically.  The atmosphere was great, but I felt it was going to be tremendously cold tonight.  AND IT WAS.

 


One of our final jobs was to tie the banners to the outdoor stage.  This completed the Set Team’s work on the sets, and meant we spent money on a ball of string.  Amazingly, the Set Design + Construction Team have brought in the cost of the stage and sets well under budget.  We originally predicted £35, but managed it on £1.49 – the cost of the string.

 



 
Larry Goodgirl and the dancers were concerned about the planks that are being used on the floor of the outdoor stage.  They requested a plywood covering be laid, but this would simply be far too expensive.  Once we had managed to readjust a jagged plank, I convinced them that the planks would actually be safer than plywood if the stage got wet or frosty.  Plywood would be slippery, the planks wouldn’t.

 

‘O Fortuna’ – Carl Orff



 

This evening, before the show, I made my first TV appearance on the news, as we all saw ourselves on YTV’s Calendar.

 


 
‘At Norcat we are keen to provide students with a full range of opportunities in the Performing Arts.  We encourage them to direct, market, light and stage manage productions, as well as act.  Our new National Diploma course, which started in September, reflects the great range on offer for young people who are serious about a career in theatre.  This course is the first of its kind in Eastern England.  I believe it demonstrates our commitment to improving standards of theatre training in the region.



I hope you have a pleasant evening.



Larry Goodgirl’

 

‘WaltzInBlack’ – The Stranglers



 

The performance felt so beautifully awesome, despite extreme weather conditions of frost and mist – but that only added to the atmosphere of the event.  We were generally beautiful and warm under the hot lighting rig – well, until I had to remove my shirt.

 
 

 

Playing Duncan seemed suddenly difficult, because of the weather, particularly when ‘playing dead’ and hoping that visible breath vapour was not emanating from my lungs.  It was, even so, a valuable experience in physical endurance.

 



 

The performance will be imprinted on my memory forever: the freezing weather, the 300-strong audience who had braved, and were naked to, the elements (including Justine!), and the frozen stage-boards underneath my shirtless back as I lay ‘dead’.  The co-operation between all groups, departments and actors was tremendous – but it was SO BLOODY COLD!!!  Red Mount Chapel was ace, and when we weren’t on stage, we were in there – in the dark – huddling together for warmth because it was extremely cold.

 


 

Good old Charlotte Kneale.

 

It was sad that towards the back of the audience, a local element of undesirable local youths turned up to jeer, take the piss and throw fireworks.  We on stage were totally unaffected, but apparently some of the audience were.

 

‘Tonight I’m Yours’ – Rod Stewart



 

Justine came to see it, but it was sad that I never spoke to her there, before or after – it was just impossible.  Even so, something ace happened during the interval.  Stage Management came in to tell me that ‘Nat’ was there.  It was ace, cos it turned out to be Natalia Wnek + Sandy who had come all the way from Outwell to see the flipping thing!  That was lovely, and afterwards, we chatted ever so briefly.

 

Many thanks to Mrs Baker, Una + Rhoda’s (and Rachel’s!) mum, for the lift back into Wisbech tonight.

 

A lovely end to the month.

 




 

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Next time: ‘More Macbeth…’

Sunday, 30 October 1988

Lola's Incidents


‘Kingdom Come’ – David Bowie



 

Today, I ate a beautiful Sunday lunch at Gran + Granddad Winterfood’s place, along with my lovely Granny Sugden.

 

In the afternoon, I called on Flash.  We watched bits of Doctor Who, ate Chinese from Lola’s (Ha-ha!) with nice Gerry and nice Lee (her boyfriend) and then tried to ‘kill’ a red balloon in as many unconventional ways as possible.

 

Speaking of Lola’s, Flash’s been telling me all about some strange incidents that have been going on in his life, all of them occurring in or around Lola’s Chinese Take Away on Beancroft Road.

 

SUCH AS:

 

FLASH TELEPHONING LOLA’S CHINESE TAKE AWAY + ORDERING A MEAL.  ON ARRIVAL AT THE TAKE AWAY, HE IS TOLD THE ORDER HAS BEEN TAKEN.  BIZARRE.  WHY?  BECAUSE IT’S DISTURBING.  IT’S STUPID + POINTLESS, BUT DEFINITELY DISTURBING.

 

FLASH VISITING LOLA’S + COMING FACE TO FACE WITH LOLA FOR THE FIRST TIME (AFTER VISTING COUNTLESS TIMES AND ONLY EVER BEING SERVED BY A LURCHY BLOKE WE’VE DECIDED IS CALLED ‘DAVE’).  SHE PERSISTENTLY TOUCHES HIS HAIR, HANDS + FACE, ALMOST SEEMING TO ‘CHAT HIM UP’.  SHE SPEAKS IN VERY BAD ENGLISH, WITH A THICK ACCENT + HE UNDERSTANDS NOTHING SHE IS SAYING.  I JOKED THAT SHE PROBABLY SPOKE IN PERFECT ENGLISH TO ‘DAVE’ ONCE HE HAD GONE.

 

FLASH HAS NOTICED THAT ALL THE OTHER CUSTOMERS ONLY ORDER BEEF CURRY + CHIPS.  NO ONE, OTHER THAN HIM + GERRY, SEEMS TO BUY ADVENTUROUS FOOD, OR EVEN RICE.

 

FLASH WAS APPROACHED BY A ‘STRANGE BOY’ AT SCHOOL, WHO COMMANDED FLASH TO ‘BE AT T’CHINK ON FRIDAY NIGHT’.  FLASH DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS WAS ABOUT, AND THE BOY RAN AWAY, LEAVING HIM NONE THE WISER.  THE NEXT DAY, FLASH ORDERS IN LOLA’S.  AFTER APPROX 10 MINS IN THE SHOP, ‘THE BOY’ JUMPS UP FROM BEHIND THE COUNTER, SHOUTING ‘WHAT DID I SAY?!’ – LEAVING FLASH TO SUSPECT THAT THERE MIGHT BE SOME CONSPIRACY AFOOT… 

 

Flash and I are good mates.

 

Later:

 

Flash writes a letter to Justine:

 

Dear Justine,

 

I don’t know what to do, so I suppose I’ll just have to witter on about this and that.

 

How are you?  How are your friends?  What’s the weather like?  Here in Yorkshire it’s very dark.  I’m sorry about this, I’m not a very good conversationalist, even less so than I ever was, and it doesn’t do me very much good.

 

Anyway, do you know Ritcherd?  Well, he’s gone to the toilet to get away from me for a while and left me with this pen in my hand and the ideas that I might write you a letter.  I moaned, but it is no use and I am forced to this sheet of paper to tell you things like what’s been happening down our way.  Well, we have discovered that William Hantrell is both racist and gayist, so it’s just as well he is sadly no longer with us.

 

Ritcherd has said some very complimentary things about you today.

 

Love,

 

Flash

xxx

 




 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Macbeth at the Red Mount…’

Saturday, 29 October 1988

The Lethargy Brothers


‘Fashion’ – David Bowie



 

Today, I saw my greatest friend, Danyel ‘Flash’ Gordon, once again.

 

It was rather amusing that he walked almost straight past me in the street because he didn’t recognise me.  I had my ‘acieed’ headscarf on (white and covered in yellow smileys), a light purple shirt, tight black jeans and Cuban-heeled boots.  Rather amusing.

 

‘I saw you walking towards me and I thought, “Who’s this silly bastard, smiling at me?”’

‘And you didn’t recognise me?’

‘No.  Well, not until I thought, “OOH, IT’S RITCHERD!”’

 

We slipped immediately into the roles we’ve begun to adopt in recent times; two characters you could only really describe as ‘the Lethargy Brothers’, which means conversations like this:

 

‘You don’t wear this shirt, do you?’

‘Yeah.’

‘You don’t, do you?’

‘I do.’

‘You don’t.’

‘I do.’

‘You don’t.’

‘I do.’

‘You don’t, do you?  Do you?  Do you wear it?’

‘No.’

 

‘Teenage Wildlife’ – David Bowie



 

We spent today talking about recent life and our respective colleges.  I talked to him for ages about Justine.  We watched bits of Doctor Who and a little of The Misfits, starring the immortal Monroe. 



I then purchased a video tape – along with fish, chips + curry from Lola’s – and Flash agreed to tape me three Doctor Who stories: The Three Doctors, Black Orchid and Destiny Of The Daleks.

 

As Flash went out for lunch, I went down the road to my wonderful Daddy’s home.  It was skill!  He had bought me an early Chrissie pressie: a gorgeous baggy black shirt, adorned with green butterflies and two ‘acid’ badges.  He’s also done me a skill tape.

 

It was great, and I just love him and Annie.  The conversation was nice and I can’t wait to see them again.

 




 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Lola Incidents…’

Friday, 28 October 1988

Macbeth: Dress Run


LATE AT NITE.

IN THE SPARE BEDROOM OF 118 QPD.

 

‘We Call It Acieed’ – D Mob



 

Remembrance Of The Daleks was a classic. 


Loved it.

 

…acid, man…

 

TODAY THEN – WHAT’S GOIN’ DOWN IN AAACCCIEED CITY?

 

I got to tech at 8.30am and chatted briefly to Justine in a vague type of way, as Suz was listening.  Nothing of our ‘situation’ was mentioned, but loving, knowing looks were exchanged between us.  This was all happening to the jukebox tune of ‘We Call It Acieed!’ by D Mob.

 

AACCCIEEED!

 

At 8.45am, I reported to the Make-Up Department with other members of the cast, where Simon Lewis applied a whole range of bloody body make up to my chest and ribs (for when my cadaver is ‘reanimated’), which was then cleverly covered by my KING DUNCAN costume.

 

‘It’s No Game No.1’ – David Bowie



 

At 10am, I strolled into The Walks, to the stage at the Red Mount Chapel, with Josh Wilde who plays BANQUO.  We discussed Macbeth and the recent publicity thrust upon us by a somewhat religiously fanatical section of West Norfolk society who, as born again Baptists (or something) recently put down + slammed our unperformed production on Radio Norfolk this week, saying that by performing a ‘cursed play about witches’ on Hallows Eve and on ‘consecrated ground’, we would evoke evil spirits.

 

I cry ‘AR YA DÜ’.

 

Good publicity for us, though.

 

‘Up The Hill Backwards’ – David Bowie


 

Oh, and at last, Dorrie’s banners are complete!

 

At 10.30am, we began a slow run-through of the play, using the scaffold stage that I designed, for the very first time.  The inside of the Chapel (our ‘backstage’) is Remarzing.  Also, the professional attitude of our 70-strong cast and (mostly) crew is tremendous.

 

I almost froze to death when I played the corpse in a ripped shirt during Act III – it was significantly different to the warmth of my cloak in Act I.

 

The dancing apparitions are skill!  I had to say that!

 

‘I’ll House You’ – The Jungle Brothers



 

At 12.45pm, we stopped for lunch at the end of Act III, and I returned to Tech, ripped + bespattered with ‘blood’.  I sat in the S.U. Office with Bianca White (gosh, we used to be in the same ‘gang’ in the old days, didn’t we?) and we chatted for a bit, until Laura Goldwyn (as Hecate, who in this version‘re-animates’ my cadaver) burst in to tell us that Yorkshire TV were in The Walks to film us, so we rushed back after a 15 minute lunch, in Laura’s car.

 

For the frightening YTV and regional press coverage, we performed the dance of the apparitions, with my dumb-looking corpse ‘watching’ on.  I’m sure it’ll be dead embarrassing when it’s on Calendar on Monday nite.  I bet I look gormless.

 

My bits were all done by 2pm, and Larry Goodgirl decided there’d be no Sunday rehearsal, so I rang Betty + arranged to come to Castleford by getting a lift with Giles Bacon.

 

So here I am.

 

I’ll see Flash tomorrow.  BOMBAFOOKACKA.

 

‘Acid Man’ – Jolly Roger



 

Oh aye!  Guess who’s organising all the Rag Week entertainments this year – including The Rag Revue – just cos he’s a good pal of the S.U.?  Aye.  Me!  HAR-HAR!  I’ll get Ben Fletcher to help me…

 

I miss Justine.  I wish I’d seen more of her later today.  We exchanged some loving looks when we saw each other briefly in corridors, etc.  But I am crazy for her.  I wish I could see her more.  What will she say to my letters?

 




 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Who’s this silly bastard?’

Thursday, 27 October 1988

Orinoco Flow


1.30pm.

 

‘Pump Up the Volume’ – MARRS



 


 

 I AM THE MAGNIFICENT…

DOCTORIN’

 

F.U. LADY YEE HAW!!!

 

Today, I missed the run-thru’, due to my illness.  But I just couldn’t keep away, so came into Tech later + painted another ‘traditional’ ‘SATAN’ on the other megalith.

 

I saw Justine, briefly, and gave her another letter I’d written.  She went to see The Wonder Stuff last nite, with Hamster.  I wish I’d gone.

 

YO, JUSTINE, YOU IS COOL AND GROOVY!

 

Later:

LATE.

 

My No.1: ‘Orinoco Flow’Enya




 

This is my Number One record, this week – and, quite coincidentally, it is the nation’s Number One single, too.  Great.  I’ve been fond of Enya’s stuff for about 2 years now – I think it was Tina Montgomery who introduced me to her The Celts album, which was great, and I love dancing to it at TRIANGLIA in early ’87 with Bella Murphy and co.  Good to see she’s charted and gone to Number One.

 



 

LJVE

 

AAACCCIIIED!

 

I READING THE DOCTOR WHO NOVEL
IT’S GOOOOOOD!

 

 




 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Macbeth: Dress run…’

Wednesday, 26 October 1988

Macbeth: First Run


‘My Death’ – David Bowie



 

Today, a camouflage net, courtesy of TS1 student Nigel Cameron, has been wrapped around parts of the scaffolding tower.  This has certainly improved the visual effect of the structure.  I also painted a ‘traditional’ design for ‘Satan’ – or rather a horned god – on one of the ‘megaliths’, using water paints + Ultra Violet paints.  This is to draw the audience into the dark world of the witches, but also to signify the omnipresent sense of evil that runs throughout the play.

 

Justine came in today + we chatted, but very vaguely.  It was very inhibited and stifled.  At the moment it’s all secret, y’see, ‘us’.  I don’t want it to be secret, but I’ll go along with it for now.  She told me she had been thinking about me all day TUESDAY + I gave her a letter I’d written her.

 

This afternoon / evening, we did a complete run-through of the play. 

 

Duncan’s character really goes on a journey, from authoritative but afraid, powerful and fearsome, to cadaverous horror.  Overall, I have been pleased with Mr Goodgirl’s direction, [Creep! – Larry Goodgirl, late 1988] and of all the parts I might like to have played, I am very happy to be playing this one.  One technique I particularly enjoyed was Larry getting us to play the parts in our own words at first, letting the dialogue and our understanding of it arrive almost naturally.  My lines have only really ‘arrived’ within the last few days, but I now know exactly what’s being said and how to say it.  We could do with a lot more rehearsal, but I think I’m doing well.

 

During the run-through, however, I felt ill.  I have really begun to enliven the part and I think I was feeling the terror implicit in Duncan’s re-animated cadaver all too realistically + quite horribly.  Even though this aspect of the role is an enjoyable but considerable challenge, I began to feel what DUNCAN might feel.  I began to understand him.  Subsequently, I felt nauseous, and this probably has a lot to do with the way in which I’ve thrown myself into the part and the pressure I’ve been feeling over the set.

[Is this what Stanislavski called ‘feeling the part’? – Larry Goodgirl, late 1988]

 

Also today, the witches performed a scene over Radio Norfolk, live from the College Theatre, and any bumps + thuds you might hear on the broadcast is my body being dragged about and generally maltreated by Bianca White, Rhoda Baker + Natalie Palmer.  Could be worse.

 




 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Orinoco Flow…’

Tuesday, 25 October 1988

Lighting the Set


It’s 9.30am.

 

WISBECH BUS STATION, THE HORSEFAIR.

 

‘The Only Star In Heaven’ – Frankie Goes To Hollywood



 

IT’S A LOW DOWN + MOODY SITUATION!

 

Still haven’t sent Flash’s card!  COULDN’T AFFORD THE STAMP – NOR CAN I TODAY!

 

SORRY, FLASH.

 

HONGANING!!!

 

DOCTOR WHO

IS THE EMPEROR DALEK ACTUALLY DAVROS – SHOCK?

IS THE DOCTOR REALLY FROM EARTH – SHOCK?

These are the current rumours.

 

RITCHERD + JUSTINE AGAIN?!

 

IT SEEMS SO…

 

Later:

 

‘A Black Box/Slow Time’ – Peter Hammill



 

Today, the piping + branches were put on the scaffold tower to create the feel of an overgrown battlement (but with an industrial, post-apocalyptic edge).  The cage structure – here to represent the castle dungeons – was also dressed in foliage.

 

The effectiveness of the set relies in great part on the skill of the Lighting Team and they do a great job, making it look extremely effective.

 

Justine was away TODAY, which buggered me off.  It made me feel depressed.  I really wanted to see her.

 




 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Macbeth: first run…’

Monday, 24 October 1988

Back with Justine


‘Twist In My Sobriety’ – Tanita Tikaram



 

Monday, Monday.

 

Today, Mad Ruth came up to me and told me JUSTINE wanted to talk to me about something.  So, eventually, Justine and I met up, sat in the College Library + talked.  She wanted to know why I’d been ‘IGNORING’ her.  I told her the same thing I told Astra Trellis.  After the DISCO I felt uncertain as to where we stood, so I’d been avoiding her in case my kissing her had scared her off.  I just didn’t want to lose our friendship, so thought it best to lay low until the air cleared.  We then talked about allsorts – but mainly about Jenny ‘fancying’ me.  I also told her all about my doomed interlude with BM Wasp.  Then we chatted about ‘the old days’, and all the ‘this time last year’ stuff.  Justine admitted that she had been jealous to hear of all my dalliances with other women, and indicated that she had been planning to draw us both back together.

 

‘This Corrosion’ – The Sisters Of Mercy



 

We then talked about Magick, and the black, patent thigh-length boots that she’s getting for her Birthday.  Inevitably, this set me off about Stan’s party.  She laughed + I laughed at how knackered I was that day – that day of all days – but still, we went ahead + did what we did seven times.

‘That’s nothing,’ said Justine.  ‘Just you wait…’

‘Eh?’ I gasped, hardly believing my luck.  ‘Are you going to seduce me again, then?’

‘Yes,’ she said, quite matter-of-factly, not even looking up from the homework she was doing.  ‘On my birthday.’

 

The rest of the afternoon was full of hints and innuendo, and an overview of our seemingly ‘love/hate’ relationship over the last year.

 

She then admitted that she still loves me.  I replied in kind and kissed her.

 

JUSTINE and I kissed.

 

But still there is confusion.  We’ve begun to hint to each other of our growing affections, and things look promising, but I am uncertain of what this new situation actually is.

 

‘The Power Of Love’ – Frankie Goes To Hollywood



 

The set for Macbeth looked good today.  There is a scaffolding tower (to be covered in foliage and green piping to represent an overgrown castle turret or battlement) to the left of the stage, and on the stage itself two columns with a beam across to represent stone megaliths (which Carl and myself arranged).  These are to be painted (by me) with images of the devil taken from antiquarian texts.  They will represent the court and its descent into darkness.  When the curtains are closed, we will be in ENGLAND.  We also have a set of steps and a cage-like structure, to represent the depths of the castle – although this may not be of any use during the performance if the caretakers are unable to provide us with a key to the under-stage door that opens behind it.  Funnily enough, even though this is a huge compromise on my original designs, it resembles a ‘traditional’ Macbeth set design that someone showed me in a book.  Not a bad guess then, for a novice.  I also think this is really the most practical version of the set we have yet come up with.

 




 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context. Never forget: no man is an island. If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1 July 2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Lighting the set…’