Act III

Just back from Woman Magazine’s party celebrating 10 years of Loose Women. What a glitzy do! The lovely Sherrie Hewson was there, who I have known since 1969. We shared a flat whilst at RADA and I since toured with her in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.

Also today, I had a meeting with Matt Evenden who is taking over responsibility for my website, and has promised to nag me into monthly updates, so here is the first one! With apologies to those of you who tune in to hear the latest goss and it is missing! A new monthly leaf is turning! I have cleared the decks until Christmas in the keen anticipation that a marvellous telly job will turn up. The beginning of February I am going to appear at Sonning in a new play written by Jill Hyem (of Tenko fame) which takes me through to being nearly 59 in April.

My eldest is now no longer emigrating for far too personal reasons to broadcast here. But there’s a small part of my heart that is dancing with the knowledge he won’t be living the other side of the world. My other boy is on the threshold of moving out, and then I feel my Act III will really begin with a mixture of sadness, release, anticipation and trepidation.

The Sunday Drama College brings me ENORMOUS pleasure. My new friend Janet Dibley told me it’s where she feels my heart is, and she’s probably right. 37 teenagers in all. One group in Tunbridge Wells doing a new musical called THE THREE LIVES OF PRINCESS CARABOO, and the other group in Eastbourne filming a satire called BIG SISTER, whilst the grown-ups are producing a Murder Mystery just before Christmas. I am surrounded by brilliantly talented people who seem to be non-stop creating.

Tune into The Lamb’s website (www.thelambtheatre.co.uk) in Eastbourne and check out the new fringe theatre and Murder Mysteries that are happening. Also collaborating with John Telfer on a new musical for primary school age… it’s all flowing, and I’m grateful for every last tiny bit of it.