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Friday, 09 November 2007


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Don't collide with the scenery, drop the props, forget your lines or wave to your friends in the audience.

One that that has stuck in my mind since I read it in his book "Coarse Acting" was the fate of the young ASM standing behind the scenery flats whilst a vigorous sword-fight was taking place on stage. One of the protagonists lunged with too much enthusiasm with the result that his rapier went through the canvas flat and pinned the arm of the ASM to a wooden post. Unable to get the sword back he had to leave it and mime the rest of the fight. Behind the scenes the ASM pluckily bit his lip until the scene ended and in the black-out a howl of anguish arose!

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