Good Monday Morning everybody!
Yes it’s the start of the week, I am up and at it, and ready to get stuck in to another week of madness in the world of AP…
But first, here’s the rest of what I’ve been up to over the past couple of weeks.
I had two very different opening nights to attend, the first a play so deeply moving, it was like watching my own life played out in front of me. The Father at the Wyndhams theatre is hailed as the most acclaimed new play of the decade, and is there for eight weeks only.
“Now eighty years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control…The Father is the winner of France’s highest theatrical honour, the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, and in Christopher Hampton‘s crisp and witty translation, has dazzled audiences and critics alike at the Theatre Royal Bath and the Tricycle Theatre. It has received an unprecedented eight five star reviews from major national newspaper critics.”
More importantly, it reduced me to such floods of tears, I couldn’t even make the party and it was home to bed with a heavy heart, but also a sense of relief knowing I wasn’t alone in the struggle with my father, that I have spoken about so many times, and will continue campaigning to find a cure for this terrible and heartbreaking disease.
Anyway, on a much happier note, I had the most wonderful evening at the opening of the spectacular Kinky Boots, starring the divine Matt Henry as Lola, who I had the pleasure of working with in Saturday Night Fever many years ago. I also have to give a special mention to the diva that is Luke Jackson, another dancer who I worked with for many years in many different shows, and who in my eyes shone like a star and stole that stage! It was great to catch up with the creator Jerry Mitchell, and just being in the presence of Cindy Lauper made me feel like I was back in my wild 80’s all over again!
I can finally reveal some of what I’ve been up to in Cardiff… working on the most incredible new production of A Midsummer Nights Dream, alongside actors including Matt Lucas, Richard Wilson, Bernard Cribbins and Elaine Page to name a few! You can read more about it here – and see me hard at work in Cardiff here…!
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If you haven’t already noticed, the BBC is gearing up for another amazing Children in Need event, and I hope you are all out there getting involved. Make sure you check out the BBC website for fun fundraising ideas, and in the meantime, get your ears on!
I’ll leave you with my favourite photo from the week, of me with my darling boy and true inspiration Edward Watson, who I was privileged to celebrate his investiture with, alongside dance genius Matthew Bourne, who’s creativity and vision never cease to amaze me. We had a fabulous night at the hospital club, with dear friends and family, and as always it was hilarious catching up with fabulous author Matt Cain, and absolutely fabulous actress Harriet Thorpe. Ed, I quite simply adore you, congratulations. Edward Watson, MBE.
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SO that’s it for now, and I’ll be back later in the week with news from the Inspiration Womens Awards, and also the RSPCA Animal Hero Awards, both truly moving and wonderful events, along with exciting news from Starlight Germany!
Love always,
Arlene x

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