Let Them Eat Cake

June 20th, 2011 by Bernadette

The end of a manic but great week.

We were very proud to be part of the Two Degrees Festival at Toynbee.
I pushed the boat out,bought sparklers and borrowed one of my sister's
costumes (part Ugly Sister, part down-his-luck trannie, part Marie
Antoinette), I did try and get costumes for all us girls off ebay, 3 vintage
nightdresses and 3 18th century wigs,to get into the whole 18th century revolutionary
France thing, but when they arrived and I tried them
on they looked more Bette Davis in Baby Jane and smelled like mushrooms. So
they got washed and I shrunk them all anyway, so that plan got binned.
Everyone looked gorgeous and a bit punky and I looked like a pantomime dame,
which is how I like it. I bought way too much cream for the strawberries,
everybody wanted more bread.  I very much enjoyed dressing my teddies up as
David Cameron, Margaret Thatcher and a pig and
making them have a picnic for the set.  We had Andy and Acer from Triple A
to film it and I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like, as it's a
bit of a nightmare for film makers what with there being no light. When it's
all done and edited I'll put it up here. Stories- as usual- brilliant,
lovely to see some old friends and lots of new faces. We did pass the parcel
and sparklers. The whole festival was encouraging and inspiring and great to be around
lots of politically motivated people.
Looking forward to "Are You Sitting Comfortably?- THE SEA" in
Brighton tomorrow.We're planning another sleepover for the next season,
hopefully it won't be totally overshadowed by the wonderful Duckie who are
doing their own "Lullaby" at the Barbican.

Also was the end of my second week's R&D for Etherdome with Penny Dreadful
starring Denise Kennedy, Dennis Herdman and Philippe Spall, directed by Mick
Barnfather. They made me laugh a lot, which isn't a bad way to spend a week,
and I'm looking forward to starting full time rehearsals on the 27th. I love
being steeped in gruesome 19th century medical history.

Anyhoo, here's some pics from our Revolution:
And a joke : A banker, a nurse and an office work are given 12 biscuits to share.
The banker takes 11 and sys to the office worker "watch it, that nurse is after 1/2
of your biscuit.



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