September 2013 saw a new set of challenges for me thanks to Tip Top’s production of Witness for the Prosecution. I played Greta, the fun-loving Legal Secretary in the murder mystery and was asked to do a lot of things onstage that I hadn’t counted on. The scariest of these was carrying a large tea tray laden with fluids across the stage whilst wearing a pencil skirt and high heels. And I mean high.
The 1950’s feel of the costumes meant that a rather fitted pencil skirt and some heels were a must, as well as the high hair, and these aren’t things I’ve worn in life. A steep learning curve was the order of the day and I managed it in the end, though I did lose a shoe on show 11! Thankfully, it was a very in-character occurrence and the audience appreciated it.
I also had to dance and hum a little tune in the opening, I chose to sing a medley of Ray Ellington’s songs from my favourite Goon Shows just to make sure I was in the right era and mastered the box step in the infamous heels. It doesn’t sound as impressive as it truly was when I write it down but trust me, it was a sight to behold.
Now I’m concentrating on the three Drama School Auditions lined up for December – wish me luck!