Such a tal­ented lot but nowhere to show­case it

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

NOW I know you’ve heard me bang­ing on be­fore about how Ash­ford is cry­ing out for its very own the­atre and to be per­fectly hon­est with you, I will con­tinue to do so un­til some­thing is done about it. I bore my­self with my con­stant ramblings but my aim is to bore the pow­ers that be into sub­mis­sion. The rea­son for the the­atre is­sue rais­ing its ugly head again is be­cause this Satur­day in County Square kmfm is host­ing the Ash­ford’s Got Tal­ent Show for un­der 18s and I am priv­i­leged to be fronting it. The tal­ent that we have within our gated com­mu­nity I think is out­stand­ing and a shop win­dow is needed to dis­play it. I was a judge at the last Ash­ford’s Got Tal­ent Show in Park Mall and that had to be one of the hard­est things I’ve ever had to do. You al­ways hope that some­body or some bodies will, as cream does, rise to the top. But the amount of tal­ent on show was of an un­be­liev­ably high stan­dard and pick­ing a win­ner was al­most im­pos­si­ble, so good luck to my friend and col­league Kirstyn Read and the other judges in mak­ing their de­ci­sion. There have been more than 100 en­tries this year and they have had to be whit­tled down care­fully to 50 and I’m in­formed that the stan­dard once again is in­cred­i­ble. The only O-level (how sad is that) which I man­aged to pass at my old school, Dun­can Bowen, class of 1980, was in drama. I loved it. I threw my­self into it and got a big kick out of act­ing in front of a crowd (no change there then) and dreamt of hav­ing some­where out of school to feed my ad­dic­tion of per­form­ing. My great­est mo­ment was se­cur­ing the lead and ti­tle role in Ernie’s In­cred­i­ble Hal­lu­ci­na­tions. I also had a very small part (don’t make up your own jokes) in Kes and the com­edy role in Moses Rules OK. Glory days! Sorry to be so self-in­dul­gent but my point is if you had a tal­ent in the arts, there was nowhere out­side of school to ex­press your­self. To­day we are spoilt for choice with dance, mu­sic and act­ing classes spring­ing up all over the place. My daugh­ter Maisy goes to Show­biz Academy and ev­ery cou­ple of years it puts on a big pro­duc­tion with all the bells and whis­tles at­tached. It brings a tear to my eye. This takes place on Sun­day week at the Woodville Halls in Gravesend – a great venue and a great night. But wouldn’t it be bet­ter if all that lo­cal tal­ent could per­form in its home town and in­stead of putting on two shows for fam­ily mem­bers, put on a weeks’ worth so every­one can ben­e­fit. Any­way, good luck to every­one tak­ing part this Satur­day and if you’re not, why don’t you pop down and show your sup­port. I’ll see you there. Don’t for­get, form is tem­po­rary and class is per­ma­nent.

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