Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cheggers plays Shakespeare

Seeing as I have blogged about the fact that Sid Owen once played Al Pacino's son in a film, I suppose I am bound to mention this too.

Keith Chegwin appeared in Roman Polanski's 1971 film of Macbeth.

A thespian writes: It is bad luck to mention that name. Leave the dressing room and turn round three times before you come back in.

Liberal England replies: Come, come. Cheggers isn't as bad as all that.


Anonymous said...

Keith Chegwin as Fleance, by Paul Farley

The next rung up from extra and dogsbody
and all the clich├ęs are true – days waiting for
enough light, learning card games, penny-ante,
while fog rolls off the sea, a camera
gets moisture in its gate, and Roman Polanski
curses the day he chose Snowdonia.
He picked you for your hair to play this role:
a look had reached Bootle from Altamont
that year. You wouldn't say you sold your soul
but learned your line inside a beating tent
by candlelight, the shingle dark as coal
behind each wave, and its slight restatement.
"A tale told by an idiot . . ." "Not your turn,
but perhaps, with time and practice . . .", the Pole starts.
Who's to say, behind the accent and that grin,
what designs you had on playing a greater part?
The crew get ready while the stars go in.
You speak the words you'd written on your heart.

Jonathan Calder said...

Thanks very much!