It’s been a few months since I picked up my guitar, but thanks to one of my work colleagues, my enthusiasm had been renewed.
Steve has a full studio setup in his house, so after a long day of voice recording (for my day job) I plucked a beautiful blue acoustic guitar down from the wall and started plucking away. It was so funny to see Steve in the room like a shot. Within minutes, he had his guitar plugged in, the mike on and all systems ready to go for a jam session.
Time flew and before I knew it 2 hours had passed and I had some cheat techniques and 6 songs in my repitoire. Of course we were playing at half speed, but never mind that – got to crawl before you can rock out!
In 2006 I was a ‘technical advisor’ to Madeleine Potter. My prosthetist, Nick Hillsdon at Roehampton Clinic, thought I’d be interested in helping Madeline with her character Toni who has a false hand.
Based on my experience as an amputee I gave her tips on what an amputee can and can’t do, how to move and such. Nick and his team created her a prosthetic that fitted her real hand. It was a great experience, giving me a taste of the theatre life.