SURREY, England (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
Arthur Wilman is proud to present to readers his memoir “Don’t Forget To Check Your Flies: The Memoirs of a Dancer” (published by AuthorHouse). It recalls his lifetime love of acting and the theatre.
Wilman learned to dance as a boy, and from there grew into a career in the West End theatre. His career is interrupted by service in the Royal Navy, and when he returns he transitions from dance shows to straight acting, winning the City of London Prize for Acting.
An excerpt from “Don’t Forget to Check Your Flies”:
The first audition had been followed by several others, but this final one was quite different to the others. The numbers had been severely reduced and now there were about twenty of us, all male, and we worked for the whole morning, doing a selection of steps and combinations. When it was over, we formed a single line across the stage. The choreographer, a lady called Hanya Holm, told us that she would be indicating which of us she wanted, and when she did, we should take a step forward, out of the line. To the others she gave her thanks and wished them luck. I was standing at one end of the line and she started at the other, while George Carden stood behind us. Hanya called out "The boy in the brown tights", George tapped him on the shoulder and he stepped forward. "The boy in the white shirt", tap, step forward. "The boy in blue", the same, and so on down the line until she got to me. "The boy in er, er, Peanuts". George put his hands on my shoulder and whispered, "You just got yourself a new name".
After illness drove Wilman off the professional stage, he began a career with British Airways. He was unable to leave off the stage entirely, though, returning to the amateur stage and continuing to act.
“Don’t Forget to Check Your Files” will appeal, Wilman says, to “… anyone interested in theatre and the backstage, on-stage and off-stage activities of the performers.”
About the Author
Arthur Wilman, now in his eighties, is retired and lives in Surrey. He maintains a strong interest in whatever is happening in the world of show business.
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