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Poetry

Debut

#Fowc #Debut

Salford 24th September 2019

You studied for three years for this

learning your trade from masters of the craft

reading from renown writers

and really digging in to the character of your role

Arrived at the set early

the place a hive of activity

your director goes through the script

with you and your fellow cast members

The ghosts of Olivier and Guilgud

watch in reverent observance

as make up artists prepare you

for your premiere performance

Final preparations

on location

crew checking site

for every eventuality

And as the spotlights fall

And cameras roll – under directors word

You give your immortal line –

“Do you want fries with that ?”

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Freedom of Expression Poetry

Revival

#freedomofexpression #revival

Returning for three nights…to the place of their youth

Excited parents gather round to enjoy a performance

Vitalised for a new audience

If you looked at the script…it hasn’t changed much

Versatile young things star with masters of their craft

As seasoned fans of the drama sit with brand new groupies

Like it or loathe it….you’ll go just to see if it was good as the last time

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Arts Drama Poetry

Glaring

Glaring

 

Funny thing is this fame game,

you confidently cross the wooden stage

prepared for the task in front of you

only to be hit by that beam of light

casting a huge shadow at you

 

Its like the light

is a giant magnet

wiping clean the act

nothing left to do but perform the other routine

along with the fourteen prat-falls as backup

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Acrostic Drama Music

Ovation

Ovation

Salford , 7th June 2017

an Acrostic by Brian F Kirkham

 

On the whole, the performance was well received

Violets and petunias as well as the obligatory roses were

Advanced with applause toward the stage,

To be received by the soprano.

In time, the critics would sharpen their quills but

On the nights events

Nobody could fault her – the audience kept on cheering

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Arts BASIC

Angst of an Amateur Actor

Dramatic

 

Although I like writing dramatic scenes, I don’t think i’m cut out for the stage.

I helped make a film back in 2009 for BASIC in Salford, but throughout the filming was more at home behind the camera than in front of it…

its all the remembering of lines, rehearsals, delivering performance and trying your best to cut out the ad-libbing

And as cover behind the scenes – there’s always something (or someone) to fudge your lines….Not easy to deal with a memory like a tea-strainer, and dealing with the resident drama queens.

My clearest memory of my patchy acting career ? Starring in a bit part of the School Pantomime – “Aladdin” – i’d been switched from one line to two – as I went from one Imperial guard to another…the biggest stresser – delivering the punchline at the end.

(co incidentally ….the film I helped make has won awards, and has been modified to suit the needs of the centre website)

 

 

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Drama Emotions Schooldays

Stagefright

In response to the prompt

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/witness-protection/”>Witness Protection</a>

Stage Fright – it’s a horrible thing.

Although I’ve never been one for Amateur Dramatics,  Whilst I was growing up I took part in one or two productions in either Primary or Secondary School.

Nowadays, I brush it off – an upside of the downside of short-term memory loss.  Any performance I make , if its well received – i’ll remember it more.  If Not, I’ll probably forget about it two or three days later.  That is of course – if I don’t make a complete Howler on stage.

So I Prepare – Music, Verse, Lines the lot…and if it’s part of a play i’ll try to make sure i’m reading my part.

I still remember – having to switch parts in a high school pantomime – “Aladdin” because a fellow pupil wasn’t delivering the punchline the way it was written

It petrified me – but I still received the biggest laugh of the production.

I suppose it was the fact, the four of us playing the palace guards got on so well during rehearsals.

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Arts Drama Musicals Performance Theatre

The Musical Place

The Lowry in Salford - Topic of the poem
The Lowry in Salford – Topic of the poem “The Musical Place”

 

A poem dedicated to the Millennium Landmark of the Arts – based right in my home city, by the banks of the Manchester ship canal.

There’s a place by Pier Eight,

at the end of the quay –

where people go looking for things to see.

I’m talking of Art from Present and Past,

and Shows and plays with memories that’ll last

And people they come from near and from far

drinking a coffee from the pre-show bar

as thespians make some last pre-show checks

behind the curtain, like some nervous wrecks

And paintings from famous painters they’ll see

like that one known as simply “Lowry”

and curators look on with a smile as they pass

looking at paintings from artist amassed

So, by day people look at the things on display

by night they take in a show or a play

And each night the performers prepare for the boards

behind the stage curtain – in front of the hoards.

And after the show,

for coffee they go ’bout

agreeing that they’ve had

One grand day out