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.