Posted On December 2, 2018
December 02, 2018

Jim Spence tells us about how taking up performing later in life is the best thing ever


“I was up the Rose & Crown one night and a friend told me that Rickmansworth Players were looking for lepers for their production of Jesus Christ Superstar.


Now I had just retired after 50 years of working anti-social hours in the print industry and drama had always interested me.  So off I went and duly got selected., not realising it required me singing in chorus and solos. I was promoted to Centurion for the second act!   


Many pantomimes followed with the Kings Langley Players and although an old codger I was always welcomed and encouraged by the younger folk. This led to some film extra parts and TV and radio advertising work


While I was recovering from prostate cancer I was watching Deal or No Deal on TV and decided I’d like to take part. I applied and ended up appearing in the Christmas Special and had great banter with Noel Edmonds – and also had 2 weeks in a Bristol hotel with my wife  Shirley and won £750


Around that time I met up with Bob Arthy and together we started the FOPS (Friends of Prostate Suffers) organisation. 

He said “You need a guitar to spread the word Jimmy boy”. 

So at 72 years of age I started to learn guitar. Ten years on it’s the best thing I have ever done.

The highlight of this great performing experience has been appearing earlier this year with my Granddaughter Grace in Calamity Jane the Musical with KLMTC. We had a photo taken of us together at The Colonel’s Ball which just fills me with pride. 


All all this started with a simple conversation in the Rose & Crown.


Just goes to show, it’s never too late.

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