Birmingham Stage Company

History in the making

21 May 2007

Of course I am always interested in creating a first in theatrical terms and nearly achieved this on my first performance as Dad in DANNY.

Thinking I was late for a cue, I rushed towards the stage and hit my head on the corner of a piece of set so hard that not only did it knock a chunk off the set, it also took a wedge of skin off my head. It hurt so much that one word successfully forced its way out of my mouth: "***K!!"

By sheer good fortune, my radio mic was placed exactly next to the spot on my head which took the blow. And hearing a crushing sound, the sound op turned down the mic, just before I uttered my immortal word.

Thus were 500 children and teachers spared the delight of hearing Dad shout "***K!!" in the middle of his first performance in the show.

This would no doubt have been a theatrical first.

Some records are best unbroken!

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