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TIME OUT by Sylvia Bull
Time Out
As you all know the theme for the North v South (and our own theme competition) was "Tension". It was with some relief that we learnt that Arthur Trevitt had written a short story (script) that it was felt could be adapted to the theme - thus "Time Out" was born. Shooting locations are always a bit of a problem but this time we wondered if we would be able to find somewhere suitable because we needed inside and outside shots of a pub or bar and inside shots of an office. Norman and I wondered if we could approach our local pub to see if the landlord there would permit us to completely disrupt the running of the hostelry. The big problem is that neither of us are big drinkers so we hardly ever go there - consequently they don't know us so why would they let us use their premises? I know that Diggy and Ken also considered their locals but with the same reservation. And then I had (what I consider to be) a brilliant idea. When I was next at our indoor bowls club (King George Field) I cornered the Secretary Stan Ball and casually asked him what happened to the club premised during the summer (i.e. closed) season. Stan told me that this is when decorating and refurbishment work takes place. I asked him what the chances were of ECVS using the office and bar and lounge areas to make our film and to my astonishment he said that there would be no problem. As you can guess we were ecstatic. So a small team was formed - Norman, Bernie, John Gannaway and John Ellis and they went along when the club was still open to check out suitability and camera angles and stuff like that. The Club is looked after by Phil (who is a marvellous chef) and his bar manager wife Liz who live in the flat above the bowls club and they were also only too pleased to be able to help us. (this was going too well I thought - watch this space!) So a date (11th July) was made with the actors - Sarah- Jane Vincent (Ken's very talented daughter), Matt Marshall (star of last year's production 's all over), David Young (star of "Star sign") and newcomer Louise Drewett. The crew consisted of John Ellis and John Gannaway as cameramen, Norman as producer and sound man, Arthur as Director, Cilla was clapper board and continuity plus I was there along with Barbara and John, Jack and Gwynne and Ken Kendall as extras. My lovely niece Laura and her boyfriend Phil also played an important part. As you can see - there were quite a lot of people involved and because folk were jetting off on holiday at different times Norman made up a spreadsheet of all the above with their available and non available dates and came up with two dates that suited everybody - Sundays 11th and 24th July - the former for filming at the club and the latter for filming at our home. Everybody was emailed with the dates and everyone replied in the affirmative all we had to do now was wait for the first Sunday to arrive so that we could "get on with it."

On the Thursday before filming (8th July) we came home to find a message on our answer phone from Stan Ball saying he was "a little concerned" that the refurbishment works were overrunning and he wondered if the premises would be suitable for filming. To be honest we completely ignored this message (yes I know stupid of us) but Stan sounded so laid-back it really didn't seem too urgent - then we were brought back to our senses when at about 5p.m. on the Saturday (10th July) Phil the chef phoned us to say he was "very worried" that we wouldn't be able to film because of the state of the place - would we like to go along and have a look. Phil met us at the door and told us to prepare ourselves for a shock. The sight that met our eyes was absolutely unbelievable - it looked like the place had been hit by a tornado - the bowls club we know and love dearly had totally disappeared into what could only be described as a building site. The bar itself was under a very thick layer of dust. The tables and chairs we had planned to use were stacked up all around the place and despite the fact they were covered with plastic dust covers they were still thickly coated. The carpet - well I think there was a carpet - it was hard to see - was also covered it not only dust but off cuts of plasterboard, plaster lumps, bits of electric wiring, nails (by the dozen!) and most charming of all a pair of size 12 builders steel-capped boots along with a sweaty tee shirt. To say we were devastated was an understatement - we simply could not see a way forward other than cancelling everybody - Matt for one had taken the day off work and there was no guarantee we would be able to contact everyone and stop them turning up. I said to Norm that we could take a chance and get there early on Sunday morning and give the place a good Hoover and dust and see what it looked like - so this is what we did. It was a nerve jangling couple of hours but we managed to clear enough of the debris and dust. Liz and Phil gave up their Sunday morning to completely clean the bar, put up optics and glasses on the shelves and give the entire bar area a thorough wash. If you have seen the film I think you will agree that it does look like any ordinary (albeit new-style) pub. Norman has edited the film, added the vital music and sent it on to Mike Coad for entry to this year's North v South competition so (as usual) it's fingers crossed.

SECOND TAKE October 2004

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