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March 25, 2013 by tonyberkman

Diary of an Internet Nobody.(Archive)

Ah, the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd…

As April 14th 1983 approached, Ho and I began rehearsals on what would become The Very Nearly One Man Mime Show, in the place that it was to be performed, Beacon School drama studio.

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A completely empty, 80 x 30ft space, black all over, apart from the nasty brown nylon carpet tiles, fitted with 13 amp wall sockets and a rudimentary lighting rig which was controlled from a cupboard with no view of the “stage” area.

Hardly ideal.

The blankness of the place wasn’t an issue, indeed, our previous show had been called Images on a Blank Stage, it was more the technical logistics that were a problem.

The lights that were in situ – a few profile spots and a  selection of  fresnels (box shaped spotlights that could be focused via a slide-mounted lens) –  were…

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