A fresh start and a return to the arts

Sophia MoseleyTHE problem with wedding attire is that you wear it once and the chances are you won’t wear it again for some time.

So do you spend a fortune and get a really fabulous dress and hope there will be some other splendid shin-dig you’re invited to, giving you the chance to glam up again, or do you go for that good old faithful Sunday best hanging at the back of your wardrobe in the hope it still fits given it has been at least 18 months since you last wore it?

I went for the first option, in the main because my Sunday best consists of a clean pair of jeans and a T-shirt without grass stains and, as it was my niece who was tying the knot, after several COVID enforced delays, I figured I’d push the boat out.

And with so many weddings happening at the Alexandra Hotel, I had plenty of ideas to take with me on my shopping foray.

After several hours trawling through the rows of posh frocks, I realised why my Sunday best is somewhat lacking. I hate clothes shopping.

Anyway, the wedding went off without a hitch and the happy couple have set off on their new life together.

Which is quite appropriate because I too am setting off anew.

Since I was made redundant from the Marine Theatre last September, I’ve had a few fresh starts. There was my job in that literary oasis, the Lyme Regis Bookshop, and then there was the wonderful Coombe Street Gallery, and of course, the Alexandra Hotel.

From the last day of term for the Boat Building Academy when they made their regular pilgrimage to the Royal Standard to the couple celebrating their ruby wedding with their annual trip to the gallery, my working life has been a variety of experiences and I have met people I would never have otherwise met.

You’re wondering where I’m heading off to now aren’t you? Oh, alright, well I’m going to tell you anyway.

I’m returning to the arts.

Starting on Monday I am the theatre manager at the Gateway Seaton and I can’t wait. I’m jumping in at the deep end this Saturday when they have their first live gig with Riviera Dogs performing and the first thing that sprung to mind was what they put on their rider, it probably included beer and crisps.

I’m looking forward to the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd and whilst my ‘Lyme to Five’ column is retiring into the wings, I’m planning to relaunch a monthly theatre column for LymeOnline’s sister website, Seaton Nub News.

I just need to think of a catchy title.

Sadly, it will mean another trip to the shops, I seem to be down to my last clean T-shirt and I’ve tried everything to remove the grass stains from my trainers.

I could of course get my money’s worth out of my posh frock, unless there’s some glamorous soirée you’d like to invite me to first… I scrub up pretty well.

Au revoir x

Sophia Mosley

Woodmead Halls

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