Such a talented lot but nowhere to showcase it
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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