Sunday, January 20, 2008

Like herding cats...

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.

13 comments:

Zoë said...

Sounds like great fun!

Wizzard said...

I am sure it will be alright on the night - it usually is!

Wx

ChrisH said...

Cor! Well done you! I'm sure it will be a huge success.

lampworkbeader said...

I love the idea of 'herding cats'. I know just what you mean and it WILL be alright on the night, it always is.

muddyboots said...

oh l remember young farmer's drama competitions. harry's club doesn't take part. l think they are missing out on something?

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Sounds fantastic. I'm totally out of touch with our Young Farmer's but my husband was in with them all when he was a youngster, quite a long time ago and I would imagine times would have been quite different. Well maybe.

Crystal xx

elizabethm said...

Sounds great fun in a frantic sort of way. I am sure it will indeed be splendid on the night.

Elizabethd said...

Wow, a bit late in the day for rehearsals! But I'm sure they will pull it off.

bodran... said...

It'll be great ! and what fun..xx

Casdok said...

Does sound like fun!
Cross fingers!

snailbeachshepherdess said...

sounds like you are going to be busy for a while! Good luck!

mutterings and meanderings said...

When do you ever get any time to yourself? :)

I love the phrase "like herding cats", although my two actually herd quite well!

LittleBrownDog said...

Sounds like a lovely thing to be involved in. And I'm sure it will be all right on the night, by hook or by crook.