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My Am-Dram childhood

What extra-curricular activities did you do when you were a kid? Football? Swimming lessons? Something else normal?

Well we went to an amateur dramatics society. All of us.

Here we are in ‘Oliver!’ I think my dad was the Doctor, mum was some kind of housekeeper/workhouse woman (still acting the part in the photo) and us kids were street urchins.

Fielding family in 'Oliver!'

Debbie had a speaking part but me and Pete were just there to look mucky and bulk out Fagin’s gang, I think.

I’m pretty sure we burned corks and smudged them over our skin, though that sounds kind of dangerous, so maybe I have remembered that incorrectly. I definitely put cold cream in my hair to make it look greasy.

Here’s a tip: never put cold cream in your hair.

It took weeks to wash it all out.

Hard to believe, but this wasn’t the highlight of my stage career. Oh no. I was also Bashful in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. Thankfully, I don’t think any photographic evidence survived.

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  1. mummyofboygirltwins

    7th November 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Brilliant! I also come from an am-dram family 🙂 Mum was into it and quite good actually! I dabbled, but wasn’t very good!!!! I love the photo xx

    1. Becky Pink

      7th November 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you! My mum loves hamming it up, the rest of us, not so much! We had fun though xx

  2. Alan Herbert

    7th November 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Ha brilliant photo.

    I loved drama at school and was always in the Christmas play.


    1. Becky Pink

      7th November 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Ah Christmas plays were such fun weren’t they! Xx

  3. Leslie Rickerby

    5th November 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Oh wow! I love that all of you did this together! My sister and I did gymnastics but we didn’t stay long and that was only 2 out of 7 of us. we never did anything altogether like this!

    1. Becky Pink

      5th November 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Wow seven?! I guess finding something that you all liked would have been tricky! Xx

  4. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    5th November 2015 at 2:42 pm

    haha what a brilliant thing to do as a family! My Mum and her family did something similar. I bet your have some more pics somewhere! Thanks for linking with #throwbackthursday and see you soon x

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