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A rare opportunity to see J & MF-S on stage

The two big DRCS fundraising events I mentioned in the previous post are planned for later in the year. You can find out a bit more about them  if your click the link to DRCS above; both events will really be very well worth attending if you are anywhere in the area. (For those many of you that aren’t I am sorry to tantalize you – maybe better luck next year.)

Firstly there is our annual DRCS Shopping Fair on Wed 6th and Thursday 7th October at the Maynard Hotel, Grindleford. Last year I did my entire Christmas shopping in October, in very congenial surroundings, buying most unusual and very attractive presents that one wouldn’t normally be able to find at all. Even more to the point,  I spent rather less money than I usually end up doing when panicking into buying unsuitable gifts at the last moment (although of course as a member of the fundraising committee I should be encouraging not economy but massive overspending!).

The second event is the DRCS Comic Revue.  There will be two showings: the first on Saturday 13th November, at the Medway in Bakewell and the second on Friday 26th November at Ashover Village Hall. This no doubt will be another sell-out. When we did the last one several years ago tickets were like gold dust, and we ended up having to put on another evening as so many people were disappointed. The revue is a very jolly evening with a large cast singing, ‘dancing’ and doing skits; it is very skilfully produced by Val Kenning, a member of the DRCS Fundraising team, who runs her own drama school and is a genius at extracting previously unsuspected and untapped acting ‘ability’  from all sorts of unlikely characters including John and me…

John has established he cannot learn lines, so has to have a part which involves speaking entirely from behind a newspaper. He also is lined up for one other major non-speaking role, more to be divulged later. My role is very much the side-kick, the foil who – when there are only two people on the stage at the time – is not granted the luxury of hiding behind a newspaper, but in fact has just as much difficulty as John with memorising words.

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