Little did I know when I volunteered to muck out the Shetland ponies appearing in the pantomime Cinderella at the Kings Theatre in Southsea that I would actually end up on stage with them as their groom!
So instead of ushering people to their seats, I now have the responsibility of ushering two animals from their lodgings over at The Phoenix pub to the threatre, where they pull Cinderella’s coach.
I’m thoroughly enjoying going backstage, as it’s a totally different perspective from the one I normally get out with the audience.
So much hard work goes into every performance. Come January 1 and the end of the run, I’ll miss the crew and the ponies that have become my hairy little mates.