Day 3: Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Ned Derrington, George Maguire, Adam Sopp, Tam Williams and Dominic Tighe in Sunny Afternoon.  Photograph by Kevin Cummins.
Ned Derrington, George Maguire, Adam Sopp, Tam Williams and Dominic Tighe in Sunny Afternoon.
Photograph by Kevin Cummins.

Considering I was functioning on about 14 hours of sleep over the past three nights, plus working full-time… It’s a good thing today’s challenge was a bit less time-intensive than days 1 & 2!

Basically, we had to find a way of re-creating the wonderful artwork from the brilliant posters:

Found at Baker Street station
At Baker Street station

Seems easy, right? The only slight problem was recruiting enough people to both be in and take the photo. A lovely little group of Afternooners has started to form over the past few months, however we are rarely all in the same place at once – a lot of the time we’re not even in  the same country, let alone the same area of London!

But four of us gathered together outside the Harold Pinter. We were just staring at the poster mulling over how to get it done, when (out of nowhere) we managed to acquire a member of the cast! Though, George being George, he couldn’t be his own character – instead he treated us to his best impression of Mick! I mean, why wouldn’t you?

Me, Ceri, George Maguire & Jess Photo credit: Sandie Smith
Me, Ceri, George Maguire & Jess
Photograph by Sandie Smith.

Hopefully it has Adam’s seal of approval! 😉

And I didn’t even have to break out my repertoire of silly faces, thanks to my actually now quite long hair!

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So… Show 3. In stalls C6 – another new seat… When I’m tired I can either get very crabby, or just plain silly. Today was the latter! Augmented by some absolutely superb performances onstage. It always astounds me that these guys are able to put on two full-on shows in a day (twice a week), sandwiched between four other show days. Not to mention fitting in rehearsals and promotional duties as well…

Despite someone next to us being on their phone for almost the entirety of the first half, we both had a great time – especially as some of our favourite little things were included this time. I did briefly think that we were going to be the only ones standing (in the front block) during the finale, but thankfully everyone woke up and joined us! It really was a great atmosphere in that auditorium.

Quote of the night: “I like hard drugs and wearing women’s clothes – when can we talk about that?!”

Song of the night: Dead End Street – always a favourite, but it somehow managed to entertain me more than ever this time. The Davies family all together is a joy to behold!

Scene of the night: in the studio recording Sunny Afternoon – I had a great view of Pete & Mick in the mixing room (it’s all about the facial expressions with me), plus the audience really went for “…and England will win the World Cup Final!” this time.

#drumsolo view rating: 3.5/5 – would’ve been higher had the people at the front table not switched places during the interval!

This time, Ned Derrington features in ‘Stage Door Daily’!

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Ned Derrington (Pete Quaife)

If he could add any other Kinks song to the show, it would be… Apeman, because it has a great bass part – though not sure where it would fit in the story! Ed Hall (director) has also previously mentioned a choral version of See My Friends; old school Kinks fans tend to ask if this song is in the show, so it would’ve been nice to include it.

The role of Pete is an incredibly diverse one, and it’s testament to Ned’s performance that each facet is utterly believable.

The first act focuses more on the side of comedy, with an obvious highlight being the closing scene (Cardiff): his ever-increasing panic & need to resort to desperate measures right at the end cannot fail to make me laugh! Also the car scene after the interval is simply brilliant – Pete’s reaction to the gunshot is just priceless…

But, for me, his finest hour is A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy. The song itself makes me emotional at the best of times, but Ned’s performance each time is heartbreaking. You cannot take your eyes off him!

Ned learned the bass to get this role – something you’d never realise, given how amazing his playing is. And it doesn’t even matter that Pete was in fact right-handed. The performance & musicianship speak for themselves.

Ned Derrington in Sunny Afternoon.  Photograph by Kevin Cummins.
Ned Derrington in Sunny Afternoon.
Photograph by Kevin Cummins.
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