Society chairman shows his determination

Graeme Clements having his head shaved for his role of the King in The King And I at Ferneham Hall from September 20 until 24

Graeme Clements having his head shaved for his role of the King in The King And I at Ferneham Hall from September 20 until 24

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You know you are taking an acting role seriously when you decide to physically change your appearance.

That’s exactly what Graeme Clements did last week when he shaved all his hair off for his role as the King, in Fareham Musical Society’s The King and I.

But it’s more difficult than he thought to stop his hair from growing back.

Graeme explains: ‘It’s never completely bald so I have to shave it in the morning at the moment. Otherwise it constantly looks like a five o’ clock shadow.

‘I go to scratch my head and always get surprised when there is no hair. Going to work was quite funny because I didn’t tell anybody.’

Although Graeme is chairman of the Fareham Musical Society, he jumped at the chance to perform in the play, especially as his brother played the same character 24 years ago.

He says: ‘Not many roles come up for someone my age and my brother played in Fareham in 1987. It’s such a great part and it’s been a couple of years since I acted. I was very lucky to get it really.

‘We’re prepared up until 2013. In March next year we are doing Singin’ In The Rain and My Fair Lady in the September. The following year we are doing Summer Holiday in March and a compilation in September.’

The productions runs from September 20 until 24 at Ferneham Hall, Fareham.

Tickets cost £11 to £13 from Ferneham Hall, Fareham on (01329) 231942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk.

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