The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Wednesday, 30 November 1988

Winning the 1988 Drama Prize

BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS NOVEMBER 1988

Chamber of Trade evening: dressing up – themes, etc. 6 – 7pm

Presentation evening – 7.30pm. 

Lights needed in Main Hall.

BTEC Dance presentation.

 

‘Do You Wanna Funk?’ – Sylvester



TODAY WAS SKILL!

 

As the other members of Performing Arts prepared their LCDT-inspired Dance Piece for the Presentation Evening, I prepared and organised the seating and lighting with Daniel Abbott, William + Kat Hill.  And Larry said to me, ‘Are you here for this Presentation tonite?’

I said, ‘Yeah.’

He said, ‘Well I suggest you dress up + do your hair, because you might be asked to come out to the front…’

 

A demonic Frankenstein’s monster with bat ears…


 

In the evening, I went to Donna’s and crimped and backcombed my hair, with all the others who were getting dressed up for their dance piece.

 

PRESENTATION EVENING

 
The evening was a prize-giving event wherein members of the college from 1987-1988 would receive prizes for their outstanding contributions to their respective courses.  I attended with my parents, as we had all been invited.

 

Programme

 

Opening Remarks:

Vice chairman of Governors

 

Report:                          

Head of Sector

 

Presentation of Prizes:          


(International Film and Television Make-up Artist)

 

Closing Remarks:          

Principal

 

The Performing Arts group did some impressive dance work, which hopefully elicited a positive response regarding the future of Dance at NORCAT.

 

In the Presentation, there were loads of awards, mostly for hair and beauty, etc.  Look:

 

Boots prize, Clairol Cup, Coldham Cup, Coldham Shiled, Goldwell Cup, Headlines Cup, Ogee Hairdressing Prize, Ogee Beauty Prize, Wella Shield, Berol Award, and the Zotos Special Award.

 

They also handed out certificate awards for all those individuals who had achieved the best work in:

 

GCSE Pre-Specialist Art and Design, ‘A’ Level Pre-Specialist Art and Design, City & Guilds Advanced Studies in Hairdressing, City & Guilds in Hairdressing, City & Guilds in Wigmaking, City & Guilds in Cosmetic Make-up, City & Guilds in Manicure, City & Guilds in Epilation, City & Guilds in Beauty Therapy and the International Beauty Therapists Diploma Course.  And, of course, Performing Arts…

 

The Performing Arts Prize will be awarded to the student who contributed the most outstanding original and creative ideas to the Section

 

But we’ll come to that in a minute…

 

Tonnes of people got prizes, including Ben Fletcher and Derek Hardy who were awarded two prizes from the Barnes Bysea Arts Festival 1988 (Best Production for their Dumb Waiter and a shared Best Actors award).  Astra Trellis won the Goldwell Cup (for ‘the Hairdressing student who shows the greatest progress over the year’) and Pauline Gold won the Ogee Hairdressing Prize (for ‘the full-time student reaching the best all round standard in the act of haircutting’). 

 

Then Larry came up on stage and said:

 

‘This next prize is the Performing Arts Prize, and we’re awarding it to the pupil who has contributed the most intelligent and useful creative ideas over the last two years…’

 

He then said:

 

‘He’s a young man who, when you meet him, you find him quite friendly and very remarkable.  He’s a young man who did Theatre Studies, and whose work on the end of term production, C’est La Vie, was splendid.  He has also pleased us all with his work on a recent self-devised production, and his courage and determination helped get much of the recent Macbeth production of the ground.  He’s not the sort of chap who’d win a hairdressing competition, but here he is: Ritcherd Winterfood.’

 


My heart had been pounding, and sounding in my head.  It was a ‘birrova shock’ and I was trembling and shaking.  I was somewhere else, somewhere far, far away, on a higher plane.  The crowd cheered for me.  It was loud, roaring, deafening, and I was minute and microscopic before the enthusiasm and love of my peers.  And my beautiful BTEC Performing Arts friends Donna and Jolene had tears in their eyes.

 

It was very surprising and very flattering.  

 

I went up and received my prize – a £10 book token – from the councillor, Mrs Dutton, and I held it as I trembled and said thank you. 


It had been a considerable shock.  Quite considerable.

 

My parents were dead proud and so was Donna, and I was heartily congratulated by Jolene, Donna, Tracey Joyce, and Simon Lewis.

 


I went to collect my A-level certificates and had a couple of glasses of wine and an orange juice, whilst chatting vaguely with Betty + Freddie, Larry, Donna and all the BTEC folkies.

 


Donna handed me a note (written at 6.45pm last night) as I was socialising...

 


‘Dear Ritcherd,

 

Well here I am getting excited for you about tomorrow night.  I know you’ve got the drama prize, so this is to say well done and Congratulations.  Nobody else deserves it like you do and I feel so proud of you.  I’m sorry I’ve seemed pissy with you, but it’s just the way I feel at the moment.  Sorry.  Just remember, I do appreciate you being my best mate round here!

 

Oodles of love, hugs, sex, kisses and other indoor sports!!!

 

Love yer!

 

Dave

xxx’

 


Betty + Freddie then took Donna and me out to THE BUTTERFLY, where I drank some lager at last, and we had a really great time.  We then returned Donna home.

 


 
 
At home, I ate some Southern Fried Chicken, cuddled Chip a lot and watched Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis (Part Two), which was ‘okay’. 


I mean, it looked nice, but there was little going on in the actual plot, so I’m afraid it hasn’t made such a great impact on me.

 

What a beautiful end to the month.  The future is bright.

 




 

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Next time: ‘Trip to Shepperton…’

Tuesday, 29 November 1988

Macbeth: Back In Rehearsal


BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS NOVEMBER 1988

Barnes Bysea Theatre all day.  ‘Macbeth’ run-through. 

Coach leaves 9.00am from College. 

Draft Script Entry for NSDF.

 

‘No Clause 28’ – Boy George


 

MACBETH REHEARSALS: BARNES BYSEA THEATRE – ALL DAY 

This was the day in which we reassembled to work a full day at Barnes Bysea Theatre on MACBETH. 

 

The set, it has been decided, will be a version of the set we used in the Indoor College production, minus the scaffolding tower, which the Theatre cannot physically accommodate.  In its place, a camouflage net, covered in foliage, will be draped over the stage apron + adjoining wall.  Use of curtains has been arranged with Stage Management and will again be used for the ‘England’ scenes.  The set was no real worry and will be erected by Carl Morris and Barnes Bysea Theatre Stage Management.  The only major difference is that the Theatre stage is raked, so the sets will have to be more securely fixed than they were at College, but again this is no problem.

 

At lunch, I went into the town + on the beach with Josh Wilde (and Kat Hill) and took photographs of him as the 7th Doctor Who.

 


Unfortunately, when we were five minutes late back, I had a bit of a row with Larry over dinner times (6 hours with one twenty minute break for lunch and toilets?!).  My argument was that the short time allotted was insufficient, and all those present agreed.  Even so, I now realise that rules should be adhered to.

 

Today’s ‘work-in’ was lengthy and tiring, but it left me feeling as if I’ve never actually been away from MACBETH.  I am also eagerly anticipating the performance.  Over all, the rehearsal was invaluable to the production and I have benefited from a few different moves and a new vitality.  Unfortunately, not everyone from the play was there, which, when you are acting to no one is quite disconcerting.  Still, it went well and I was pleased with the development of my own work, apart from my scene with Lady Macbeth (Donna Davidson), which felt somehow awkward. 

 




 

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Next time: ‘Winning the 1988 Drama Prize…’

Monday, 28 November 1988

Chinese Play Developments


BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PERFORMING ARTS NOVEMBER 1988

Panto at St Edmund’s County Primary.

Two performances.

First performance – 10.00am.

Second performance – 10.45am.

 

‘Julie Ocean’ – The Undertones



 

The 1st Panto performance was crap today.  Unfortunately – to my shame – I was late for the ‘get-in’ at St Edmund’s and almost missed the start of the first show, but it all sorted out and I got in just in time and made lots of kids cry.  Jodie Ratcliffe was also late, so I wasn’t on my own!

 

The 2nd was good.  ST EDMUND’S seemed to enjoy it, and the kids were lovely.

 

Today’s only technical hitch was when two of our Entrance/Exit flats collapsed.  Luckily, the cast covered for this and re-erected them during the performance, working it into a scene as they went.

 

Justine was nice today.  We went into King’s Lynn, where I bought some hairspray.  We are in love again.

 

In the afternoon, I wrote some more of my script, and made good progress.  The bad attempt I made at an outline (and the ‘spy’ idea) has fallen into a dark corner of my mind, marked ‘DUBIOUS IDEAS’.  And so, the play is now called The Chinese Play.  It’s a safe title.

 

Feeling totally uninvolved now, Tracey has left ‘the writing team’, with no hard feelings.  I have therefore promised her the fullest involvement in the play should it ever reach production.  She was happy with the offer and genuinely wished me the best of luck.  Larry has offered her another project, so it’s all gone well.

 

Alone with my ideas, I have decided I can make the play even more personal and have slowed down a little on the pre-planning, so as not to let my interest wane too soon like it has with previous projects.  I’d like the play to alienate a little, though.  I’d like it to captivate and entertain in a rather offbeat way.  So I’m just writing stuff and seeing what emerges.  Just like that.  I’m hoping the story will eventually arrive of its own volition.  And having written four scenes, I find I want to exaggerate my characters and make them more than simply ‘realistic’; I want them to be cartoon-like, which I think will be far more entertaining.  Bits of the spy idea keep creeping in, but it’s more to do with Flash imagining the spy stuff, rather than it actually being real.  Maybe they’re just testing new curry recipes, I don’t know yet.

 

SCENE FOUR:

 

Chinese Take Away.  Night. 

Calendar on wall says NOV 5.  All is empty.

A voice – Dave’s – is heard (he is off-stage).

 

DAVE:

Yeah … Yeah, but, Mr Tribukovitch, there’s no interest in that sort of … Mr Tribuk…  I can’t do that!  Secret?  It wouldn’t be a secret for long.  This is not the sort of thing you can hide in a town like this.  Well…  The most likely candidates are…  Who?  Oh, well that’s the type of… Aim for them?  Yes, Mr Tribukovitch.  Strike while the iron’s hot.  Yes, Mr Tribukovitch.  I understand, sir.  Aye.  Yes.  Deny it?  But sir, a week or two to perfect the… Hmm.  A week.  Ish.  Then we can test the first, heh, victims… 

 

Also, I arranged with Donna that Flash, Kat, Jonny and I will spend New Year’s Eve at her place in Cirencester.

 

Donna was odd, though.  I spent the evening, quite uncomfortably, with Jonny and Kat at Donna’s.  Donna had a problem + was getting all depressed + so did I when she wouldn’t tell me what was wrong.  She says she has a secret that is troubling her, but won’t tell me what it is.  She says that if she tells me, it might ruin our friendship.  Apparently, it concerns me and she thinks it will make me hate her.  So we both got all edgy + deep + brooding, but things eventually cooled down.

 

Kat finished with Willock at the weekend and he says he’s going to

YAAAA-AWW-AAA-AAW-NNN

kill himself.  Again.

 

It’s all very YAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWNNNN!!!! 

 

About the tenth time now, isn’t it?

 

YAWN!!!

 

Kat now goes out with Jonny Badcock.

 

Time for a new pair of shoes…

 


 

I hate the rain.

 

Time for THIS MORTAL COIL

 

Goodnight, I’m shattered.

 

P.S. Flash!  Cirencester with Jonny, Kat + Donna at XMAS.  Please?

 




 

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Next time: ‘Macbeth: back in rehearsal…’

Sunday, 27 November 1988

Noises


‘Love Is All That Matters’ – Human League



 

Doctor Who is a mania!  DRASTIC.

 

Oh, 1988 has been so varied.  Strange… the days…

 

Later:

8.45pm.

 

‘Happy Birthday, Pigface Christus’ – Current 93



 

KIM WILDE’s new single is good. 


She’s gorgeous.

 

Oh, I think I’m a little depressed.  MANDA JONES HAS GONE.  TASMANIA.

 

and that’s that…

 

I like Manda…

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE, A BEAUTIFUL LIFE…

 

A busy week ahead.  And what else lies in store?

 

We’ll see…  We’ll see…

 

SOON BE DECEMBER…

 




 

[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: ‘Chinese Play developments…’

Saturday, 26 November 1988

First and Last and Always Mine


It’s 7.12pm.

 

‘First and Last and Always’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

THE SISTERS OF MERCY ARE ON THE VIDEO.

THEY FEEL NICE.

 

It’s dark.  I can hardly see.

 

God, this song fill me with such power and self-determination!

 

Later:

 

‘Marian (Version)’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

GOD, I LOVE THIS SONG!

 

That’s it!  All along…  The solution…

 

I’ve been missing the old music.  Good music?  I don’t know, but I cut it out of my life when I should have kept at least some of it in.  Old memories. 

 

How do I look

theez Daze?

 

 
[10 Yrs later, how do I look? 


 – Ritch, 1999] 

 

‘Walk Away’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

Remove the face of a man with a spectacular quiff and underneath you will find fizzing and spiralling organic circuitry of the most impressively illustrated kind…

 

Later:

 

TIME WAS, TIME IS…

 

‘Hail!  The White Grain’ – Death In June



 

Justine rang tonite and apologised.  I ‘let her off’.  We’ve agreed to ‘try again’.  We’re still together, the same as before.  I love her and I’ll always stick by her, as long as we can continue to understand each other.  She really is lovely, but she needs to play the game fairly.

 

The Supergrass was on tonite + I enjoyed seeing it again. 


Memories of ’86 flooded back, most notably my times at the old Wisbech Cinema and the early days of The Situation Corporation.

 

Today I also watched The Happiness Patrol in its entirety. 


I found the music beautiful, and the story unique + tender.  The final Helen A scenes were wonderful.

 

I also watched Part One of Doctor Who’s new adventure, Silver Nemesis for the 2nd time.  Glorious, wonderful stuff!


 

This may turn out to be the greatest season yet!

 




 

[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: ‘Noises…’

Friday, 25 November 1988

Jonny and Kat


10.30pm.

 

The Doctor Who novel The Caves of Androzani was good.

 

The title sequence for NEWSNIGHT is skill.

 

The TV series CHRISTABEL is good.


 

Later:

 

‘America’ – Throwing Muses



 

Today, I ignored Justine, feeling rather ‘ffFuck off and dunt be shhhit…’

 

I spent the morning with our Performing Arts mob and also passed a little time with Leighton, who expressed an interest in Death In June.

 

Then, Jonny, Kat, Jodie Ratcliffe + I went into King’s Lynn.  We told Jodie of the new ‘Kat + Jonny’ situation + she thought we were joking at first.  It seems Kat now wants to chuck Willock for Jonny, because she really likes him, and all Willock does these days is cadge money from her, down in wherever-he-is at uni, millions of miles away.  And, as Kat says, god knows what he ‘gets up to’.

 

Kat + I are really great friends now + I love her friendship.  It’s like ‘before’.

 

Donna Davidson has invited Flash + myself to stay with her at home in Cirencester (in Gloucestershire) for Christmas.  She’s there now; the first time she’s been home all term.  She has also invited Jonny Badcock and Kat Hill.  I think the four of us have ‘made a gang’. 

 




 

[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: ‘First and last and always…’

Thursday, 24 November 1988

Justine Dumps Ritch


‘China In Your Hand’ – T’Pau



 

Today, we didn’t rise till 12pm, thus Justine was angry at my ‘lateness’ and went really bitchy.  I thought this was childish and unnecessary.  I have learnt that I enjoy spending time with my Performing Arts friends, yes, but she needn’t feel threatened by it.  I love Justine so much.  I am so happy that we are together again, and I can’t spell it out to her enough.

 

I guess I’m getting more career-minded, which is difficult because Justine’s not keen on my new more ‘conservative’ attitudes.  She thinks I’m changing, becoming someone she doesn’t know.  I suppose this is true to some extent, but I’ve never been the same form one minute to the next.  I guess this transformation is fundamental, though.  My love for Drama is affecting everything in my world.  But it has to.  This is the most crucial turning point in my life so far, I’m certain of that.

 

Anyway, at 4.15pm, I decided I couldn’t be bothered to be bitched at, so ignoring our customary ‘kissing by the buses’ session, I got on the bus and went home.

 

My No.1: ‘Hail!  The White Grain’ – Death In June



 

Justine rang tonite + asked me why I’m ‘never there’.  I explained that the course work takes up an extremely large part of my life.  She asked me why I’m quieter now + not all noisy + loud, like I was in the old days.  All I could tell her was the truth: I’m a bit of a quiet guy nowadays, and I’m finding my expression in newer and more challenging parts of my life.  I told her I still really love her and want to be with her, though.  But this wasn’t good enough; she was spoiling for a fight.  I told her I really had no desire to argue.  So she finished with me.  Just like that.  Just because I have friends and I’m a hard-working guy.  Because I’m quiet and never there when she wants me.

 




 

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Next time: ‘Jonny and Kat…’