It's that time of the year again - the Young Farmers' Drama competition is on the horizon.
Chirbury and Marton YFC are due on stage in Whitchurch on February 7th - that's just over 2 weeks hence. They're a terrific bunch of young people, brim full of confidence and enthusiasm. Their forward planning skills are a little undeveloped however, and while it will be difficult to instill any sense of urgency whatsoever, working with them will be great fun.
Tonight, with the deadline a little too close for comfort, rehearsals have started. Just. Sort of...
I'm a general dogsbody, a willing slave. The real help and guidance comes from Maureen who draws on many years' experience to bring out the very best in the cast and backstage team. The hardest part I think is getting everyone together, getting them to listen, switch phones off....stop talking - you think you've got everyone only to discover that someone's sloped off to eat chips or make a text.
What hasn't become clear to me yet is what the production is called - a minor detail. I can tell you that we have an open-topped double decker bus under construction, a cast of 'passengers' learning their lines and many more rehearsals in the village hall before they're ready to take to the road.
I know it's a cliché, but it'll be alright on the night. Probably.