Saltburn Community Theatre
Saltburn pulled off a considerable coup three years ago when they brought Robert Powell and Gabrielle Drake to their theatre for a very memorable evening and they repeated the feat last weekend by presenting another major star of stage and screen.
It's not often we get stars the calibre of Anita Harris treading the boards on our Teesside stages and when it happens it is obviously an opportunity not to be missed. However, the audience consisted of a disappointingly low number of people - fewer than 20, in fact. Maybe some were scared off by the threat of the impending storm. Whatever the reason, those who stayed away missed out on a very special evening.
Introduced by her husband and record producer Mike Margolis, Anita took to the stage with all of the star quality one would expect.
Anita is currently writing two books; an autobiography and a book on pantomime. I'm looking forward to both. Her personal life has not been without great misfortune and tragedy; together with more anecdotes about the personalities mentioned above her autobiography should be a very good read indeed.
Anita came across as a genuinely very lovely person, generous with her time and blessed with a very positive outlook on life. Hopefully she will be back on Teesside some day soon, perhaps with a musical evening combined by a double-book signing session.