There was me, thinking I wouldn’t be able to visit MS Life in London this weekend.
Well, earlier today I was in the middle of re-wiring a plug, drinking a cold soya latte and eating some onion ring crisps when I had a call.
There is to be a screening of Spoon Fed, a short film about MS, starring the wonderful Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey) and Joseph Mawle ( Game of Thrones and Birdsong) at MS Life on Saturday.
And me! (I’m the depressed-looking one, shuffling in to the support group and saying ‘hi’ to Joseph before taking a seat).
(That took me seven takes, honestly. This acting malarky is hard).
Would I be able to attend and take part in a question and answer panel afterwards?
Erm, if it’s a choice between plumbing in a bathroom and getting stuck in a serious amount of mud (long story) or swanning off to London, I said yes straight away. The details would sort themselves out.
To be involved in such a great project from start to finish has been brilliant; I met the actors in an intense rehearsal session where I answered every question they had about MS and how it had impacted my life.
The next day, I was at the shoot, watching Lesley Sharp capture my ‘MS walk’ so completely, I welled up. It was me on the screen.
The production, from start to finish, has been superb. Have a little read here.
If you’re attending MS Life at the weekend, please stop by around 6.45pm on the Saturday.
We’ll be in the main theatre and it would be fantastic to see you!