They will happen again. We just have to be patient. That’s my mantra, and will be for many months to come.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying the garden, receiving catchup photos of my newest grandchild and discovering what adventures Helen might get up to in the next podcast scenes. She never ceases to surprise me.
Writing the episodes is fun, once I get started. All I need is a tiny idea to pop into my mind, and I’m off. This week’s episode came together as I was feeling a bit tired, and wondered what kind of specific age-related health challenges Helen and her friends would be encountering. Of course I only know precisely what mine feel like, but imagination is a wonderful thing.
This week I had the great joy of playing with my good friend and fabulous voice coaching colleague, Jane Vicary. I worked part time with Jane at ALRA for a few months before the pandemic struck, and I loved the atmosphere of mutual support and respect she had established for the students in the Voice Department.
Earlier this week, we met up on Zoom and knocked the script into a decent shape until we were comfortable that our characters could fall back into their old friendship as if they had never been apart for 50-odd years.
When Jane Vicary isn’t eating oysters in Whistable she lives in the Lake District and walks the fells. She is a freelance Voice and Text Coach and Director having previously been Head of Voice at ALRA North and the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. She trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama, wrote her dissertation on Voice and Gender which was published in the VASTA Journal of 2004 and has pursued the glories of a simple life ever since.
Jane plays Pattie, one-time opera singer, now dealing with quite a traumatic event in her life. Like Helen, she is trying to calculate whether she is actually old yet. Also like Helen, she has adventures galore in front of her.
If you’d like to show your appreciation in a practical way, you can buy Jane a coffee here.