Monday, 11 June 2007

Dramatis Personæ - William

William, father of the the Bridegroom Dan, has an outward appearance of over-indulgence and excess that demonstrates the success he has had in his life. He assumes authority over whatever proceedings he finds himself involved in, and others are happy to oblige him rather than highlight his faults - which are becoming increasingly evident.

This is a further step in a long line of fathers I've played at The Crescent - and I am so flattered that at my age I'm doing fathers rather than grandads!

That list includes Old Siward, whose son dies so gallantly fighting against Macbeth, Old Capulet, father of Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet', Brabantio, father of Desdemona in 'Othello', Gepetto, 'father' and maker of Pinocchio - and not forgetting Father Christmas in 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'...!

Most of the weddings I've been to have been very civilised affairs, but I remember my late father-in-law, well into his 70s and a widower for many years, created a little frisson by turning up at my son's wedding with a 'new companion' who chose to grace the fairly posh Country House occasion in her carpet slippers - which she managed to display in the front row of the group photographs...

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