Candice: So D day is nearly upon us. Phil and I will be hanging out with the Shakespearean lovies on Thursday and doing out bit to talk about the trials and tribulations of writing a book at Stratford Literary Festival.
To be honest even the thought of it makes me fell slightly sick.
I don’t mind getting up in front of audience to talk. Over the years I’ve done a lot of drama and presentations and once I get going I’m fine. But is the build up I hate. Thursday morning I will be a wreak and am trying to fill it with other things so I don’t think about it all. By the time 2.55pm comes about I’ll probably be being sick in the loo.
Saturday night I was watching RSLive. It was a brilliant show celebrating 400 years of the Bard with a raft of stars showing how many ways he has influenced people, from Duke Ellington to Cole Porter. It was very clever in showing us the breadth of Shakespeare’s catalogue and its not all the boring text that you had to study at school.
However, the show went on for a few hours and as the actors came on to do their bit one of the things I thought of was, ‘they must get nervous waiting in the wings’. Lets face it, does Dame Judi Dench still get stage fright?
But I have learnt over time that sometimes adrenaline does you good. I have literally been throwing up back stage before going on to do a play, and then once I am on stage I can remember every line because I need the adrenaline to help me.
Luckily, Thursday is more off the cuff but we have our cue cards ready and have planned a talk that we hope people will find interesting. Roll on 3.30pm and I can relax with a cuppa.
And if you are coming don’t hesitate to come and talk to us after, when I’ll be feeling much more chipper!