Compère/Master of Ceremonies

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Compère/Master of Ceremonies

I love hosting shows and events of all descriptions. I have a warm, embracing personality onstage. Compèring gives me a chance to exercise my sense of humour. One of the little joys in my life is that I can still make my daughters laugh – the younger ones are aged 20 and 18 – which means my funny bone is still intact. I’ve compèred music shows, variety concerts, school functions; and it was when I hosted a big charity event that I endured my second-most embarrassing experience ever (I couldn’t possibly share my most embarrassing one here – maybe another time!).

It was a fundraising event that was to take place at the theatre at which I was working. I arranged for the stage manager to make sure the stage door would be unlocked at a certain time. He forgot. The main entrance was locked, too. So, to save time, I decided I’d have a ‘dry’ shave in the dark alleyway next to the stage door. The idea was I’d finish my shave once in the dressing room. But because of being locked out of the building, and the pressure of time, I had to get changed into my evening suit (which I had with me) out in the alleyway, too. The next time I saw a mirror was after the show. I’d hobnobbed with celebrities and dignitaries before and after it. When I did look in a mirror, I saw a very badly shaven face, covered in blood which had run from the many cuts I’d inflicted in the dark. I can laugh about it now…