I’ve just given my blog another face-lift. As much as I liked the previous theme, it didn’t support widgets (important if you want people to follow you via email). So I’ve moved to ‘Canard’, which is French for ‘duck’. Nope, me neither.
The old blog hadn’t seen much action recently because a couple of weeks ago I was involved in a very successful amateur production of “One Man, Two Guvnors“, a modern re-working of the commedia dell’arte play “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni. We were close to capacity on the first two nights and Friday and Saturday were sell-outs, which is always good for an audience buzz (as well as the finances).
Working alongside the brilliant cast and crew of Grantham Dramatic Society, I was lucky enough to get a fantastic over-the-top character part in the shape of Alan Dangle, a wannabe actor. And for the first time in my life – I was reviewed! OK, so only the odd line as part of a review of the whole show, but still. Fleeting fame in a local newspaper. Cor.
“His casting as Alan Dangle, the would-be actor, gave Nick Rowe the ideal opportunity to demonstrate his overacting skills, which he did with great enthusiasm and to great comic effect” (Sardines Theatre Review). [I like this one!]
“Nick Rowe, with aspirations to play King Lear, was a hoot as Alan Dangle” (Grantham Matters). [That was just me in full thespian over-drive. I don’t actually want to play King Lear].
“The traditional pair of lovers were subverted by Suzanne Stevens as the ditsy Pauline Clench, and GDS newcomer Nick Rowe as hopeless romantic and hopeless actor Alan Dangle” (Grantham Journal). [Hang on – “hopeless actor”? I say, that could be misconstrued somewhat… I hope they mean ‘Alan’ and not me] .