I was up in London on Friday night for another White Rabbit Theatre Company – www.thewhiterabbit.org.uk – production of Are You Sitting Comfortably? where my short story, Bears About, was performed by the excellent, extrovert and accent fluent Bernadette Russell. It is fantastic hearing my work performed by professional actors and even more exciting hearing the audience’s response – there is something validating about an audience’s laughter when those jokes or humourous remarks always written in solitude finally reach their target.
The theme was sex, so look away now if you are easily shocked, and there was a record audience, disgusting people Londoners, for all those sex-themed stories and, maybe above all, for the slide show of Edwardian erotica. Why do those naked ladies of times past look so much ruder than modern nudes? I think they look much more naked and, just possibly, a lot more fun.
There were other treats too apart from the stories and the nudes including chip butties (see above), icecream and, of course, booze.
All of these stimuli got the packed audience into the mood long before the first story, which happened to be mine, attempted to stir libidinous imaginations.
With my story done, and generously received, I could sit back and listen to the other writers’ work. Well, I learnt a lot. I didn’t realize women were so obsessed with male nipples or voyeurism for a start and I will never think of my piano arpeggio practice the same way again for sure. I won’t go any further but I think you can tell how the evening developed. It was great fun.
So thanks Bernadette, thanks White Rabbit and thanks to everyone who turned out. It was standing room only and I enjoyed myself enormously.