A Man of Many Parts

On this day, 450 years ago, William Shakespeare was baptised*. One of his more famous lines is his ‘All the world’s a stage‘ monologue, from As You Like It:

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts

Which leads me nicely into some of my recent activities. A dearth of young(ish) men among Plymouth’s amateur dramatics and musical societies led to my all-singing, all-dancing sister roping me in to join her show.

The Sounds Musical Theatre Company put on a production of Anything Goes. With music by Cole Porter, and the script co-written by P.G. Wodehouse, the show couldn’t fail to be a blast. I had many small walk-on roles (barman, FBI agent, sailor), sang in the chorus and even tried some dialogue in an appalling American accent. I thought I’d post a couple of songs from the show.

Here’s ‘Blow, Gabriel Blow’:

And here’s the title song:

The lyrics are great, and an excellent reminder that every generation has thought ‘the world has gone mad today’, but we always see to pull through alright.

That’s the show that has just gone, and being in it led me to take part in the show we’re still rehearsing, Gilbert and Sullivan‘s Yeomen of the Guard with the Plymouth Gilbert and Sullivan Fellowship. It’s not as catchy as some of their more popular shows, like H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, or The Mikado, but it has a beautiful score and some wonderful songs.

Here’s two of my favourites. Firstly, a man contemplating his upcoming death in ‘Is Life A Boon?‘. I’ll be playing one of those stern looking Yeomen standing in the background:

Secondly, here is ‘Were I Thy Bride‘:

It promises to be a wonderful show, and I’m grateful to be a part of it! . *We don’t know his exact birthday, but people tend to say it was 3 days before on 23rd April – St George’s Day – and the same day of the year that he died aged only 52.

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