The week in the life of a show widow

My husband is a professional Musical Director and singing lecturer at Wolverhampton Uni. He has worked with theatre groups during our 11 year marriage. In fact, on our first wedding anniversary he was at the Wolverhampton Grand doing a dress rehearsal for the first amateur production of ‘Ragtime’ – if you ever get the chance to see this musical; if you are in anyway musically inclined, then do so. It is an especially moving piece of theatre and the songs resonate with me even now, all this time later.

This week Tim is at the Lichfield Garrick with @WBOSYOUTHEATRE. They are in the middle of a run of Oliver! (Never forget the exclamation). He has also been at Uni. He has left at 7.30am and returns about 11pm. He has done this all week. As well as this he has had to keep his other plates juggling. I really don’t know how he does it. When I returned from work today I discovered him having quality time with our daughters. He also sits with us at meal times and asks the girls what they have been up to. During this week we have to run along as if on three wheels because Tim is so busy, but we love seeing him coming home with a buzz, chatting about what has happened and who was in the audience and what the cast and band got up to. It’s a special job and one I’m very happy to be part of.

I am looking ahead to retiring. I know that one day I’ll just want to teach when I feel like it, I’d like to examine more and I love the process of seeing what students write. However, I know that my husband will never retire. He loves being an MD and his enthusiasm is infectious. I can see him being in this role and working with groups for another 30 years happily. I would like to think that the Dudley Hippodrome does reopen and he can bring some of his groups closer than Lichfield, just to save him the drive home afterward!

In the meantime, I make use of the washing machine, dryer and slow cooker and hopefully by the end of the weekend we will get back to normal. The next show week is in 3 weeks time! The shows must go on!


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I have been teaching English for 20 years. HOD. T and L. Runner.

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