Well, the show “In The Mood” that was held on Friday 18th May has been and gone. And the truth is, it was fantastic!
I look back on the achievement of The Three Belles and I think that what they did is extraordinary. To hire the Guildhall, fill it with around 500 people, organise a cast, do the sound, a big band, dancing lessons, decorations, programmes and so much more was really something – but to be only a year out from their degree! The world is at their feet…
It was also fascinating to see them the night before the show. They were stressed. Boy. Each said they were afraid. But the fact is that they just faced this major pressure, and won through to the other side.
I confess I was stressed, too. Although I overcame my writer’s block years ago, I never addressed the fear I had of acting, which had been with me since my student days. I don’t know where that fear came from – it just happened one day, while I was doing rehearsals for a stage play. I never acted again after that until this show. 27 years.
I had a feeling that being in the show would teach me so much and be good for me. So, while The Three Belles had every right to be stressed, so was I. I felt it in my body as the day got nearer, until I could hardly eat. I used to lie awake at night staring at the ceiling, and my lovely girl, Jackie, noticed that I seemed quite cold and off.
How stupid I am!
Then, the morning of the day before the show, I couldn’t take it any more, and I did a series of NLP mental exercises. They worked, and the tension reduced from then on. Quite strange that I didn’t think to do it before!
At the show, there were cast members who were also stressing, and I helped them with a little NLP pep talk.
Then the show came. I really can’t fault this. I played my small part well enough and really enjoyed the acting. It was a change for me. A big change – and I came away from it ecstatic.
When I think back on it, it’s clear that part of the appeal is that the night provides a dream of glamour and heroism all at once. “In The Mood” doesn’t quite fit into anything I’ve experienced before. It’s not a gig, exactly. It’s not a dance. It’s an experience. A 1940s experience. I believe The Three Belles have really got something with this. Something that really captures the moment we are in and does something good with it, ironically, by sending us back in time.
I’d say to you now, you should experience “In The Mood” with The Three Belles, wherever you are, at least once in your life!
Find out more about The Three Belles, here: www.thethreebelles.com