What is the best way to entertain someone who enjoys acting?
Even when we had very little space or were waiting around for hours out on the water during the filming of ‘Coot Club’ and ‘The Big Six’, one thing that kept everyone amused was the game of charades. Simply imitating each other also proved hilarious and kept up moral whatever the weather. Since the children who appeared in the drama all enjoyed acting, they proved natural entertainers both on and off-screen.
The experienced actors entered into the spirit of this in a trice.
The great thing about miming is that it is silent, which was just as well, when we had to keep quiet on set.
The film crew were wonderful, ever inventive and terribly good at charades.
No one was limited by taking themselves too seriously.
Some members of the production team made a tremendous effort to keep up our spirits.
Julian Fellowes, who played Jerry, told me recently that he so admired Henry Dimbleby for taking part in Swallows and Amazons Forever purely because it was fun, rather than because he wanted to be an actor. I appreciated his indestructible good nature and the fact that he made the three months we spent on location enjoyable, in many ways leading the team, even though he was only thirteen years old.
Of course, what is most amusing, is when the unexpected happens. That is what I will attempt to relate in the next post.
10 thoughts on “Acting many more parts than you’d think on the Norfolk Broads ~”
What is Henry Dimbleby doing now?
Ahh – I think I’m going to have to save tales of ‘What are they doing now’ for the end of the story!
Barbecued Billygoats! You mean I’ll have to wait!?!!
‘Won’t be long now.’
Well I can’t believe my daughter found this blog, it’s brilliant. Who would have imagined that 30 years after I mate S and A forever someone would be blogging about it… I still have many fond memories and my kids loved it … Especially Elicia who follows my footsteps into acting
You must let us have your memories of those months spent on the Broads with the BBC filmcrew.
What are you busy doing now?
The photos are brilliant. You all seem to be having a lot of fun!
It was hard work with long days but great fun.
Hi thanks foor posting this
Being with Sam Kelly and the boys was wonderful.