So, there we were, all set for his radio debut, and what happens? Alex comes back from the National Student Drama Festival with a horrendous chest infection and no voice.
He arrived home on Saturday and immediately set to with hot toddies of honey, lemon & ginger; Vicks in a bowl of hot water; a good night’s sleep; no dairy or caffeine – all of the usual remedies. He went off to rehearsal in Sheffield yesterday with high hopes of a miracle occurring in the hour it took to get from home to hall. His people dosed him up with more of the same; he opened his mouth to sing…and out popped a box of frogs.
The interview and live singing (by Debra Finch) is still going to happen today, 17h50 GMT on BBC Radio 3, but without Alex.
Sad faces all round.
Alex is tucked up in bed here at home, disappointed but stoic. As his mother, I’m less stoic and more gutted to my very core, but I’m a tad more dramatic than he is.
He had a great time at NSDF, at least. Silver linings and all that.
The show he was in (The Iconoclasts, from Dear Hunter Theatre) is available to watch in its preview form. It was recorded last year but has changed quite substantially since then. His big number has remained, however; you can find it at 48 minutes: