Of Death, Tin, Trees & Moles

2 Mar

 Photo courtesy of Spud’s friend on Facebook

Tinman TWoOz 24hr Musical 1

Tinman regretted the tiny costume budget…

Spud is rather busy at the moment.  We missed him as Tinman in The Wizard of Oz.  The students do what’s called a 24-hour musical: they turn up one night, are told what the musical is and what part they’ve been cast in; rehearse through the night and next day; and go on that evening.  It’s a lot of fun and raises money for charity.

We did see him as Happy in Death of a Salesman last week.  The whole production was excellent and the young cast brought real maturity to the performance.  Flora Turnbull as Linda Loman was particularly good.  She’s one to watch.

 Photo courtesy of Spud’s friend on Facebook


Happy spots his next victim

The play and Spud got two great reviews.  If you’re interested, you can read them here and here; but I’ll give you the edited highlights:

Tom Williams as the conflicted Biff, and Alex Cosgriff as the overlooked Happy, also deliver outstanding performances as Loman’s two wayward sons. Alex’s comedic timing is exceptional

Laura Elliott, Kettlemag.co.uk

[Happy], the excellent Alex Cosgriff

Matthew Drew, ForgetToday.com


Click on the image to find out more 

You may remember how I raved about The Tree of War last September; well, this just in: it has been extended, extra songs added, and is to be staged for a week in September in a bigger venue.  Spud has been asked to reprise his role as Bert; as has Sam Gilliatt as Grev.  You can hear their duet on Soundcloud; as well as an ensemble piece.  Spud is the second voice on the first song and first voice on the second song.*

Spud has had three scripts in his head for the past few weeks – there’s no danger of Alzheimer’s in his old age but his head might explode at some point.    Death of a Salesman finished its run on Saturday night. He got to bed at eight a.m. Sunday and then was up for rehearsals at one for one of the two plays he’s appearing in next weekend.  The university runs an event called Platform, which showcases student plays; Spud is in two of them.  After that, it’s straight into rehearsals for The Wind in the Willows.  He’s playing Mole.

He has managed to fit everything in around his studies (his marks show that he is actually studying) but he doesn’t have much of the typical student life.  I’m glad to say.  No heavy boozing for him, unless it’s the after-show party for Death of a Salesman

Ah, the life of an actor.

29 Responses to “Of Death, Tin, Trees & Moles”

  1. sarsm March 2, 2015 at 12:51 #

    You must be so proud!!!!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Patrecia (with an E) March 2, 2015 at 13:01 #

    Nothing better than ‘the spur of the moment acting’ it keeps you on your toes….Your MR Spud is doing very well in his chosen career…which has always had a dodgy reputation as being ‘out of work’ or ‘resting’ as it is known in the business….. My very best wishes I send to Spud… and maybe I could have his autograph before the rush starts

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  3. Patrecia (with an E) March 2, 2015 at 13:10 #

    Wow that was like greased lightening..are you sitting on yr computer all the time

    Liked by 1 person

  4. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com March 2, 2015 at 14:12 #

    What a lot he’s doing – good job he’s young and full of energy! You must be very proud. I loved the duet. Is Wind in the W a musical?


  5. Janie Jones March 2, 2015 at 14:16 #

    Oh, to have some of that energy and enthusiasm! Congrats to you and the Spud.


  6. Elaine - I used to be indecisive March 2, 2015 at 14:26 #

    Never mind Linda Loman being one to watch – I think we’ll be hearing a lot of Spud in the years to come! 🙂


  7. laurieanichols March 2, 2015 at 16:25 #

    I know exactly how you feel listening to Spud’s beautiful voice; you get that big smile on your face that won’t leave and your insides feel all warm and gushy, it’s such a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? 😀 I am so happy for you all. xoxox


  8. slpmartin March 2, 2015 at 17:30 #

    Such a talented young man…you must be very proud.


  9. judyt54 March 2, 2015 at 18:09 #

    oh tilly. im awash. they are so young, and so GOOD at this. I hope this is the start of something really grand for them both…


  10. Karen Snyder March 2, 2015 at 19:05 #

    Have you popped all of your buttons yet? Am not sure how I missed the duet if you’d shared it previously, but it is wonderful!

    I hope you’ll share something of Alex’s as Mole. Wind in the Willows is one of my favorite tales!


  11. Three Well Beings March 4, 2015 at 07:11 #

    You have reason to be so proud! I am in awe of how many different roles he is expected to have “performance ready.” This is an exciting time in Spud’s life, and I’m so pleased for him, and I know you must be enjoying it as well! ox


    • The Laughing Housewife March 4, 2015 at 10:00 #

      It is; we are!

      I just hope the roles roll in in real life, as well 🙂 It’s a brutal business.


  12. SchmidleysScribbling March 6, 2015 at 21:01 #

    Enjoy this time with your talented son. Its wonderful. Also, I don’t like the play Death of a Salesman. My Dad was one at one time, and its a hard life and too sad.


  13. Hattie March 6, 2015 at 22:04 #

    Too much fun! The Wizard of Oz and Death of a Salesman. That’s variety for you!


  14. Rorybore March 8, 2015 at 03:41 #

    Congratulations to him!!! Death of a Salesman was one of my favourites when I was in University. Good for him keeping up his studies — I know how hard that can be.


  15. beeblu March 13, 2015 at 20:05 #

    I suspect Spud gets his comedic timing from his mother. I’m waching out for Alex Cosgriff on the global entertainment circuit. Marvellous.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. katharinetrauger March 24, 2015 at 21:57 #

    How come no one has commented on the fact that he is stunningly handsome?!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Musings March 30, 2015 at 07:41 #

    Congratulations! Wow! I’m so proud for all of you. He’s so cute!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. kateshrewsday April 5, 2015 at 17:14 #

    Wonderful to see how Spud is following his dreams. the 24 hour musical sounds amazing!


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