I Am The Mad Hatter!

I know it is technically a bit late, but I will be appearing in a pantomime in February.

(Oh no you’re not – Ed)

I have lived in the lovely village of Rode since moving down to Bath in the summer of 2010 and our village’s version of an amateur dramatics society is putting on Alice in Wonderland.

Unsurprisingly, I am the Mad Hatter!

We are doing three performances on the 9th, 10th and 11th of February and we are expecting 100 people to be packed into the hall when we do it on each of the nights.

It’s all for charity and I hope we can raise a good bit of cash.

I would like to say that I got dragged into it kicking and screaming but the truth of the matter is that I volunteered to do it.

I have never been the shy and retiring type and my wife, Katie is just as bad having appeared showing one specific part of her naked body in a charity calendar last year.

I thought the panto would be fun, it seemed a good idea at the time and we have had a really good laugh practicing it for the last five months or so.

But as the actual performance dates have drawn ever closer, I am starting to get really nervous.

Everyone in the production has been saying: “How can you be nervous when you play rugby every week in front of thousands of people?”

The difference is, I know what I am doing on the rugby pitch – this is a different kettle of fish.

I will be singing too as we have plenty of songs planned for the show and there are a few dirty jokes thrown in too seeing as it’s meant for adults, not kids.

We are all amateurs but we have a sound engineer, quality lighting and proper costumes.

I really hope it goes well.

Before then, I hope to get back to my day job after a heavy chest infection stopped me playing over the holiday period. It’s rubbish watching when you want to be playing and I hope to be back in the mix very soon.

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