Monday, November 15, 2010

It's so hard to get good staff these days!

One of my fondest TV memories is Upstairs Downstairs. It was a BBC drama which aired from 1970-1975. (I was obviously very young, so young in fact I shouldn't have been watching it. It was a bit risque for its time, though very tame by today's standards!)
The series followed the lives of both family and servants that lived in 165 Eaton Place, London in the years 1903-1930. The head of the house was an MP, Richard Bellamy and his aristocratic wife Elizabeth . But the real ruler of the house was the butler, Mr. Hudson who kept the whole place running smoothly. He tried to guide and direct the rest of the staff about their tasks and their proper conduct....often failing miserably.
I was reminded of this programme this week, as we worked backstage on the play Viv and Tom. It is set in roughly the same era. As backstage crew we had to dress as servants.
Note: I even got a costume change! Now that's success. Obviously star quality shines through!!!!
Gwen and I looked the epitome of subservience!


But don't let that fool you. Just as the servants got up to no good when their Master wasn't around, so did we backstage when no one was looking..........

Pretending to be laydees........

Having a wee tipple from the whiskey decanter............


Sleeping on the job........




Being "rogered" by the son of the house........




And having a quick spin in Master's wheelchair...............


If the servants had been caught they would have been fired........as would we! I hope our director doesn't read my blog or we won't be asked to do the festival circuit with them next year!











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