So I’ve got involved with a theatre group – wanna hear about it? Then read on.
Hi there and a happy New Year to you.
I know that a lot of you liked and followed our SWAG page some time ago and…
Pardon? SWAG. That’s Stourbridge Writers and Actors Group, madam.
Well I suppose technically it should be SWAAG, but allow us a bit of artistic licence here for heavens sake!
Honestly, aren’t some people picky?
As I was saying, the group has been up and running for a few months now and we thought it was high time we told you what was occurring.
Firstly what is SWAG, I hear you cry?
Yes, I know that no one actually said anything my love, but remember that artistic licence we spoke about only a few seconds ago?
Yes it was, when I said, ‘I hear you cry,’ it was in fact a figure of speech. Are you going to question every remark?
Thank the Lord for that. So please sit down and try not to shuffle about so much.
Yes you were. And rummaging about in your handbag too.
You’re trying to find what?
Well when you do find them please try to chew them quietly.
Anyone else? Yes, you at the back? Yes, you with your hand up…
…Oh! They’re through the doors behind you and turn right sir.
Really? Are you!?
Well turn left then. Apologies, it was the short hair and moustache that confused me.
So, can I start again?
It was formed some time ago by Mr Sean Harris, who then proceeded to do nothing with it until myself and Simon Faux (formerly of Radio D.J, fame) came along and, shall we say, gee’d him up a bit.
Me? Oh, I’m David Robertson- I write kids books and the odd play, as you’ll no doubt find out in due course.
What? Oh, okay, I’ll rephrase that then, ‘the occasional play,’ is that better? Not ‘odd’ as in ‘peculiar,’ although come to think of it…
The aim of the group is quite simple. To write, direct and produce our own work for your critical appreciation. We hope to entertain, possibly inform and give you a jolly good belly laugh if our production is a comedy of course. That may not be appropriate if we put on a drama for instance, please read the write up first – you wouldn’t like to chuckle in the wrong place now, would you?
So, having kickstarted young Mr Harris into action, we began recruiting others of a thespian bent.- yes I thought that might confuse you, madam. I’ll explain it later.
We are currently rehearsing our first play (technically the second as all three of us were involved in a production of ‘pm .com’ with a different group, although that’s another story).
This current one though is ‘Downside Abbey’ written by the aforementioned Sean Harris. You may recognise that the title is very similar to a recent production which was on the telly box. Obviously ours is far superior as there are far more jokes involved. We are hoping to stage it in early April 2019, so watch this space and I’ll furnish you with the details of when, where and how ridiculously inexpensive admission is, in upcoming blog posts.
Yes madam, this is set to become a regular feature so you’d better get used to it.
And don’t raise your eyes to the heavens like that. There’s no need!
Following on from that we will be working on ‘Dudley – not quite a musical,’ a potted history of this wonderful part of the country, written by yours truly. Hopefully that will be coming your way in July in time to celebrate Black Country Day with a fit of the giggles.
So that’s it for now, except to say…
…oh what is it now?
How do you get involved as an out of work actress?
Well anyone wishing to get involved is welcome to drop us a message on the Facebook page and we’ll be pleased to furnish them with details.
Sorry, I didn’t realise you were ‘in the trade’ so to speak, madam.
You were? Really? Now you’re taking the…
Well, I don’t doubt you, but I hardly see a little, grey haired old lady would have much of a part in a Bond movie.
Oh, you were his boss!
Dear me, it just gets better and better. Have you thought of comedy writing?
Can I ask your name? After all I do now consider myself something of an expert in the world of luvviedom.
Dame Judy who?
Never heard of you!
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