Julie Thomson and daughter Holly talk about their involvement in the Copshaw Cabaret.
They say never work with children and animals – but Julie Thomson would strongly disagree. Julie who has lived in the Holm all her life, lives on a smallholding with her husband and two teenage children and a menagerie of pygmy goats, miniature donkeys and a small flock of sheep. When she’s not glammed up in waterproofs and wellies she can be found in the office at Rock UK at Whithaugh Park, or in the No8 club surrounded by children as part of her work with Refresh Church.
“I love both my jobs, but particularly working with children as I get to be a big kid myself and the dafter I am the more the kids love it. Children and animals are definitely two of the things that bring me most joy. Being part of the Copshaw Cabaret cast, I’ve re-discovered my love of performing. I was quite shy as a child, and becoming a different character in a drama was a great way to escape, and gave me confidence I never knew I had.
I’m certainly no singer or dancer (apart from loving a wee boogie on the dance floor). The last time I performed on the Village Hall stage I was about 6 as part of a tap dance class – we used to put on revue style shows then and I loved it, so when Claire asked if I would like to be part of this one I jumped at the chance. But how would I find time to fit in rehearsals? If you want something done, ask a busy person so they say. I’m particularly thrilled that my daughter Holly is also part of the cast – she’s certainly helpful in learning words and choreography. Whenever we’re in the car, we’ll be singing along to the rehearsal CD.
Holly, 16, is in S5 at Hawick High School. Holly says
“I really look forward to rehearsals each week, even though they’re right in the middle of my exams. It’s quite a nice break from revision. I’m hoping to go to College in August to do hairdressing so I’m especially excited to see the hairstyles and costumes for the show. Claire had mentioned putting on a show in the village for a number of years and it’s always been a bit of a dream of mine to take part (even though a huge part of me is terrified at the thought). I loved being in school plays each year when I was at Newcastleton Primary but as I’ve grown older I’ve become really shy and introverted. However, the cast are so friendly, just like a big family so it really helps to put me at ease. I think I am proof that anyone can have a go – no matter how shy you are. There are still tickets left so I hope you can come along – if you enjoy the performance half as much as we are enjoying rehearsing I can guarantee a night to remember.