MY LIFE IN LIPPY AND LEOPARD PRINT
Ricky Gervais was nowhere to be seen today in my couple of hours as an extra in the film I’m co-writing, Big Society – The Musical!
The scene I was taking part in was on the plateau outside the magnificent St George’s Hall (glorious architecture – I’ve lived on Merseyside for over 20 years and it still takes my breath away).
We were acting out a demonstration against the closure of a fictional children & young people’s centre – it took me back to my student days, waving placards!
The brief from First Take was for us was to wear something in muted tones – black, brown, that sort of thing – and also a warm coat in a similar hue.
I looked out of the window this morning and the sun was out; phew, I thought – thank goodness for that. (I don’t have a plain dark coat, just animal print ones which wouldn’t fit the scene)
It’s BOUND to be warm enough if I wear a cardigan and a pashmina I assured myself smugly.
No. It really wasn’t. I’d been way too cocky for my own good. (I’m defrosting at home as I write this)
Happily the scene was shot very quickly, and we were all made up to have the first segment of music and singing in the can; it’s all been speech so far up until now. It felt like we reached a real landmark today.
Very, very exciting!
I’ll be reprising my extras role on 30th November, to film more scenes. Unfortunately I’ll have to wear the same flimsy clobber I foolishly wore today so I’m going to invest in some thermal undies…