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Juliette as Mrs Baker in 'Come Blow your Horn' (1988)

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Juliette as Mrs Baker in 'Come Blow your Horn' (1988)
Juliette remember 'I was asked to go for this audition just after my husband had died. I'd taken over his business and was running a gift shop. I remember thinking as I went over, that there was no way I could take the part if they offered it to me. They didn't offer it to me, they simply handed me the script, playing opposite Charles Vance, in the kind of play for which I'm a natural - a new York Jewish. It involved a one and a half page solo speech on the phone, and just before we opened, I did my usual thing of going to the Assistant Stage Manager, and saying 'I'm not proud, if I dry, give the prompt loud and clear', to which he replied, 'we don't prompt in performance, if you get stuck, get yourself out of it.' I tried not to wet myself this time, so for that period of time, for rehearsals, I was driving to Folkestone, coming back to serve in the shop afterwards, for performances, I was working in the shop all day and driving to Folkestone for the show. It was a marvellous way after a bereavement to get back to doing what I loved to do, and I was a loust shopkeeper anyway! '
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