I’ve appeared onstage at the Tramway Theatre. It was a play by Harold Pinter. I played a criminal. It was a short scene at a breakfast table, with an older lady.
Before we went on she said: “I think my character is northern. I’ll do it in a Sheffield accent. What are you doing?”
I replied. “I’ll just be myself, but a bit louder, so the people at the back of the theater can hear me.”
It’s fair to say I wasn’t a very good actor.
At the end of the play the acting tutor came up to us and said to the lady: “You were amazing! I loved what you did with your voice! Incredible!”
He then turned to me: “As long as you enjoyed yourself.” Then turned away quickly.
I’ve never been on stage since.
Afterwards I was asked “Is it hard to stand up in front of a bunch of strangers?” Not really. I don’t know any of them. The real challenge is performing in front of people I know. If it’s bad then they’ll remind me of it for ever more!
Similarly, I prefer not to have people come out and watch races as
a) races are pretty boring to watch; and
b) I don’t want to have to look for them as I plod round.
The only time I’ve taken someone to a race was my first attempt at the Helensburgh 10k in 2011. I said to my girlfriend at the time.
“You never support me! Come out and cheer me on!”
She replied “No thanks! Its boring!”
She must have seen point a.
I made her go to the race. The whole time running I looked out for her. I was hoping for a shout of “Go Iain!” Or “Iain, you da bomb!” Which is what cool kids said in 2011.
After 5k – nothing. After 8k – nothing. After 10k – nothing!!!
I was raging. I collected my medal and I went to look for her. I found her in the school (which was being used for the finish line of the race).
“That was amazing! Races are so much fun!” She said.
“But I didn’t see you!”
“I know. I was too busy eating the home baking and having massages.” The event had supplied massage therapists and she’d used them all before the runners had come back. The home baking was also for the runners.
So the lesson is don’t come to a race to support but do come if you like baking and massages.
It’s six years since I did the race. I did it in 47 minutes then. This time I decided to try for under 45 minutes. I immediately regretted that decision as it meant running faster than I’d intended to but, once I get an idea in my head, I felt I had to give it a go!
I made it round in 44 min. At the end I looked out for a friend who was running and gave him a “Go Robbie” shout to make up for the one I didn’t get 🙂