I wanted to be the Cowardly Lion in the High School production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The Director, a French Teacher of all things, had us Audition in groups, the KSK Auditions reminded me of that terrifying experience!
I was second to last and knew I wanted to go for an OTT/Comedic/slapstick variance, so went for it. Then the last guy in line did exactly the same, but toned it down, and he got the part, gutted!!! I ended up as the Servant of Oz, hence the photo.
Anyway, I was still living in Liverpool when the next TV show I was in came up. I had been working in a bookshop and wanted something extra to do, so had been in touch with a few agencies, one of which rang me about doing The Forsyte Saga, which I knew nothing about, so agreed. It turned out to be an Historical drama With Damian Lewis in. I did two night shoots- 5pm-5am! Both were long nights! The first time I was dressed as a Footman/Servant in a green uniform, complete with a Judges wig. There was one scene where I just had to stand still and hold a tray of drinks, what an endurance test that was. Even if I twitched, the tray would shake. It got so bad, a glass dropped and cracked in the middle of a Take, how embarrassing!
The second time was just in a suit, like a Victorian Gentleman, just walking by in the background, nothing strenuous there, thank goodness.
Took ages to get paid for them though, but in all a very good experience.