The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Thursday, 30 November 1989

Strawberry Girl

My No 1: ‘This Side Of Love’ by Terence Trent D’Arby


Today was taken up with Pantomime rehearsals that were fine.  Good costumes, fine presentation, a lot of fun – and we’ve got songs in it this year.

 

Strawberry Girl by Ritcherd J Winterfood and William Daniels features:

Ritcherd J Winterfood as Berwin Groomstool
Tracey Joyce as The Good Fairy
Darren Marsh as The King Of Hearts
Katrisha Hill as The Queen Of Hearts
Will Daniels as Dame Flip-Flop
Jonny Badcock as Dame Cop-Out
Donna Davidson as The Country Bumpkin
Jodie Ratcliffe as The Scarecrow
Jolene Morse as Sally the Strawberry Girl

Panto is go!

After only about five rehearsals – WOOGAH!  AROOGA!  AROOGA!


[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 almost 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: ‘Another Distinction for Ritcherd…’

Wednesday, 29 November 1989

Back To The Future II

‘You Have’ – Marc Almond


Last night, I stayed at Julian’s.

Today, Julian, Jonny and I had arranged that – after a day of Panto rehearsals – we would go to the Cinema and ‘accidentally’ meet up with (or pick up?) Amy and Missy.  So we did.

The film – BACK TO THE FUTURE II – was absolutely skill.  I loved the first one, and I loved this.  I’m a big fan of twists in time.  Mind you, the third one looks a bit dodgy.

 

In the Cinema, Johnny + Missy eventually found themselves ‘going out’ with each other, while Amy and I found each other caressing hands + thighs. 

‘Dear Jessie’ – Madonna


In the car, on the way home, Amy and I kissed a great deal.  She desperately wants me to finish with Gemma so she can go out with me.  Which is complicated.  I think my feelings are, yes, I should let Gemma go, but not necessarily to start something up with someone else.  I’d be happy just seeing Amy on a looser basis.  But, yes, definitely Amy because I really like her and she turns me on.

I am a cad, a bounder and a scoundrel.  And I don’t even try.  Believe me, it’s hard.  And I sound like I’m joking, but I mean it.


[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 almost 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: ‘Strawberry Girl…’

Tuesday, 28 November 1989

'Mansfield Park' at Barnes Bysea Theatre

‘Wiping A Tear From The All-Seeing Eye’ – Scala


Today was a day of final rehearsals and last minute re-writing and re-blocking and other such madness.

The dress runs today were far better than I’d expected, and even if the day was looking well, I was worried about the performance.  But at least we finally got the costumes sorted.

It was nice to hear my name being mentioned on various local radio stations, advertising MP.  It finally started to feel like it was all coming together.

In the evening, Johnny and I met up with Julian, Peter Conti, (the ever-distant) Gemma and Julia Ward.  There were others, too.  We eventually said goodbye to the gang to go and get ready for the show.

After a team pep-talk, I sat in the front row of the audience (and a very mixed audience it was, too).



FROM THE PROGRAMME, by Donna Davidson:

'This adaptation by Larry Goodgirl has been put together by the 2nd year B/TEC Performing Arts group and has been directed by B/TEC student Ritcherd Jon Winterfood.  Ritcherd is principally studying acting, but he has previously written and directed his own production called The Chinese PlayMansfield Park is slightly out of Ritcherd's directing vein as his work is normally associated with alternative comedy.  He has been particularly inspired by Steven Berkoff while directing this play and you will be able to see these influences in the production.'

Watching the show, I was actually overawed by the quality of the production and the actors were incredibly vibrant.  It was a glorious fusion of fantastic direction, great acting, excellent music, great costumes, excellent make-up and, finally, a firm team spirit.

LADY BERTRAM - Donna Davidson
MRS NORRIS - Kat Hill
SIR THOMAS BERTRAM - William Daniels
MR RUSHWORTH - Darren Marsh
FANNY PRICE - Jo Morse
MARY CRAWFORD - Tracey Joyce
EDMUND BERTRAM - Kenneth Farman
HENRY CRAWFORD - Jonny Badcock
MARIA BERTRAM - Jodie Ratcliffe

Produced by: Daniel Abbott
Directed by: Ritcherd J Winterfood
Adapted by: Larry Goodgirl
Poster art by: Paul Colin Starkey
Programme art by: Ritcherd J Winterfood

Special thanks:
Daniel Abbott
Arts Theatre wardrobe (Cambridge)
Duke's Head Hotel
Stanton's Woodyard
Coalite Building Supplies
Barnes Bysea Theatre

Lighting: Marita Huckle
Set: William Daniels, Jonny Badcock, Jodie Ratcliffe
Costume: Kat Hill, Jo Morse, Tracey Joyce
Stage Management: Darren Marsh, Sally Watson, Kenneth Farman
Publicity: Donna Davidson
Make-Up: Simone Vevrier

It went down excellently with the audience, and I thought it was fantastic – the best thing done by the college in my memory.  The audience loved it, Larry loved it and the papers that came along loved it too.  The Lynn News & Advertiser has promised a good review and the EDP has promised an EXCELLENT one!  A triumph for Winterfood, and thank god, because it so very nearly wasn’t.

I can safely say that this was the best show I’ve ever been involved with and, unlike THE CHINESE PLAY, I felt instantly proud to have directed it.  The audience seemed to be transfixed – they might have been stunned, but I’m hoping they were transfixed.

The music worked very effectively too, despite being modern and often a bit ‘abstract’.  I’m glad I didn’t use classical music as that would have been a bit, well, crap.  I think it would have fallen flat, actually.  The contrast or clash between what we were seeing and what we were hearing added to the alienation of the whole piece and offered something rather new, contributing somewhat to the performance’s overall success.

I still believe that certain cast members could have and should have given their all much earlier on, and that the commitment of the crew should have materialised much sooner.  I also still feel offended and annoyed by the pessimism and lethargy exuded by certain cast members in the middle of the production period.  Whatever the case, every cast member acquitted themselves brilliantly and I hope they have learnt not to be so difficult having been involved in what I believe to be the best NORCAT Drama production this side of Macbeth.

Thanks go to all involved in the show. 

THANK YOU, all of you.

As far as I’m concerned, speaking for myself, Mansfield Park has been my greatest achievement whilst at NORCAT and I certainly gave it much more hard work and commitment than I did THE CHINESE PLAY.  This time I knew what I was aiming for and I shall know even better next time.  I like to think that with a trained, experienced, committed and paid cast of professionals I would have achieved something truly great.

Ritcherd Winterfood
Wisbech, 1989.

[Mansfield Park showed some fine directorial work – Larry]


[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 almost 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: ‘Back to the Future II…’

Monday, 27 November 1989

Regency Psychedelia

‘Metropolitan Mixdown pt 1’ – Yello


I seem to have survived the psychedelic horror of the weekend, but I still feel ill.

Even so, I returned to Tech today to rehearse the hell out of MP.

The last MP rehearsal-runs were lifeless and sloppy.  I responded with venom and couldn’t stop myself from verbally attacking the performers for poor and shoddy work, telling them they seriously need to sharpen up their game.  A right heavy bollocking.

 

This afternoon, I went to Barnes Bysea to assess the set and do some painting on it.  Regency Psychedelia.  I was pleased to see the set and get the lights sorted.  Even if we didn’t get exactly what I wanted, what we got was good.

Tonight, at home, I’m panicking. 


[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 almost 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: ‘Mansfield Park at Barnes Bysea Theatre…’

Sunday, 26 November 1989

Special Sounds

My limbs have freaked out and my back feels like it’s about to give.  The pain is so horrifying I’m in tears…

Later:

‘Secret Ceremony’ – Scala


MP – the music.  I’ve put together a soundtrack at the very last minute, assembled from my own record collection (featuring stuff by Bill Nelson/Scala, BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Into A Circle, some of it slowed down or speeded up).  It’ll be used to add some underscore of threat or danger to some scenes.
 


[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 almost 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: ‘Regency Psychedelia…’

Saturday, 25 November 1989

Mansfield Mindwarp

‘Oh Well’ – Oh Well


I’m having something of a breakdown over Mansfield Park.  That and what I think might be flu.  I feel like I’ve lost my grip on the play.  It’s scaring the hell out of me.

Last nite was HELL!  I slept very badly, with a continuous fever pulling me into a mindwarp of Mansfield Park and Steven Berkoff.

FLU, FEVER, TENSION and EXHAUSTION.

My work has caught up with me and I’m paying for it.


[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 almost 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: ‘Special Sounds…’


Friday, 24 November 1989

Weight of the World

9.30pm

‘And I Say To Myself’ – David Bowie

It’s been a bloody odd week.

I’ve been making a special effort with Gemma today.

Since yesterday’s dodgy MP run, I’ve been feeling very ill, on edge and – frankly – exhausted.  All attempts at resolving the show’s problems have proven quite difficult.  I think I’m overcoming the issues, but it feels like the weight of the world on me right now.  Today has been all about resolving issues with the costumes, re-writes and some intense rehearsal.  We also had a press call – and the coverage has been brilliant.  I’m very glad.

Gemma and I made up and went for coffee in my break.

 


[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 almost 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: ‘Mansfield mindwarp…’

Thursday, 23 November 1989

Mansfield Technical Run



MP TECHNICAL DRESS RUN NOTES

1. INTRO

Beginning may change in order to make the play more ‘circular’.

Will Daniels/Thomas Bertram still far too naturalistic – looks uncomfortable – Donna Davidson/Lady Bertram must stop swinging hips – looks nervous.

Kat Hill/Norris cannot scratch her nose (unconsciously) mid-scene.  Jolene/Fanny and Will (and others) all constantly looking at me whilst acting, as if hoping for my approval.

Stage shape looks messy.

Kat Hill needs to project more.

Seems very dead – inactive, doesn’t grab us like it should.  Needs more pace.  Far too naturalistic.

2. SOUTHERTON

Too quiet.  Everyone needs better projection.  Far too slow, lacking in pace.  Must see Jonny’s face.  Jolene/Fanny and Kat/Norris have got to give so much more to this scene.

3. GARDEN FIGHT

Lines must be learned!

Better projection needed; there’s a total lack of concentration.  No pace – very dead.

Bad transitions from one tableau to another.

No pain on Jolene/Fanny’s face as she is pulled – why?!

4. GARDEN SCENE

Johnny/Henry’s physicality is not ‘hideous’ enough.

Too much naturalism. Lacking in energy, needs more pace.

5. RUSHWORTH + FANNY AT GATE

Really need to work on this as soon as Darren returns from his holiday in the USA.

6. CEREMONY/RITUAL SEQUENCE

Movement within the blackout needs to be faster and more slick.

Louder!

This needs to be seriously de-naturalised and given more pace and energy.

Why did Mary not communicate with Maria to challenge Norris?

So slow.  Not good enough.

Badly executed.  Bad projection, and voices generally are laden with actors’ own accents – and they all mumble and tail off at the end of each sentence. 

LINES MUST BE LEARNED!

Ken/Edmund needs to remember his blocking.

Going to change a few bits of this to something better, I hope.

7. CHAPTER 13

Dead – no energy.

Donna/Lady Bertram must not snore too loudly.

When Darren gets back he needs to amend the Prompt Copy book.

Ken must learn his lines!

8. CHAPTER 14

Far too static.  More pace required.

Actors really need to stop looking at things going on off-stage.

Actors must plan ahead and be prepared.

Why does Kat keep hitching up her skirt?

Huge chunks of dialogue are being skipped.

9. NEXT DAY

Needs a lot of work.

In the ‘performing’ sequence, we could gain a few laughs by ‘hamming’ it.  It could also be used as a means of Henry’s and Maria’s flirting and ‘showing off’.  I liked the ‘head drop’ – must make more of that.

Norris should be ferretting about for information about Henry (from Mary).  Mary must naively tell Norris all she knows.  Norris must show us she is prying and use her face far more.

10. A FEW DAYS LATER

If Jolene/Fanny is to be so infuriated – initially – about the acting, then we must see the growth of her anguish.

Perhaps Norris will not exit.

Will/Bertram must show more strength.

Jodie/Maria must enter in a far more ‘de-naturalised’ manner.  We CANNOT keep that old ‘backing into someone’ gag – unless it is made into something much cleverer.

Sir Thomas must be far fiercer and much more ‘upright’.  He must seem imposing and a little frightening up on his return.  He currently looks rather uncertain and uncomfortable.

Mary and Henry need to be more passionate, more emotional.

The actors must respect each other’s space on stage – without being obvious about it, too.

This needs a great deal more work.

Later:

‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves’ – Cher


Today, MP turned out to be very dodgy.

Things with Gemma are still pretty bad too.

DOCTOR WHO: SURVIVAL, episode 1 is bloody good!  I am surprised.  


It was absolutely chuffing skill.  I hope it continues to be.  SEASON 26 is set to be my personal favourite.


[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 almost 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: ‘Weight of the world…’