Me: What on earth is Kev doing?
Nell: What are you talking about?
Me: In that photo on the beach?
Nell: Auditioning, of course.
Nell: Yes. He’s an actor, isn’t he?
Me: I know. But on the beach?
Nell: Gladys needed the right atmosphere.
Nell: Would you kindly stop repeating everything I say?
Me: I’m just a bit confused.
Nell: Gladys is directing the pantomime this year and we are hoping to perform it on the beach.
Me: I didn’t know. What is it?
Nell: Robin Woof and his Merry Dogs.
Me: Is Kev auditioning for Robin Woof?
Nell: No. Gladys sees Kev as King Richard.
Me: I didn’t even know there was going to be a pantomime.
Nell: Didn’t you?
Me: Nobody asked me to audition.
Nell: You and I are better working behind the scenes. You can write things down. It’s more your thing.
Me: Who is going to play Robin?
Nell: Everyone wants to play Robin.
Me: I thought they might do.
Nell: Even Malcolm.
Me: Now that is surprising, although Susan would make a lovely Maid Marian.
Nell: I think Maid Marian is between Harriet and Sally, although Myfanwy might have a chance.
Me: Who is auditioning for Robin then?
Nell: Jim the Farm Dog, David, Malcolm, Alejandro, Mutley and Poppy.
Nell: I think he just nodded at everything to be honest. He’s auditioning for Maid Marian too.
Me: Fair enough. I’m not sure Alejandro is quite right for Robin but I can see Poppy in the role. She’s ever so good with a sword.
Nell: Yes, pantomimes traditionally cast females as males and males as females so who knows.
Me: Maybe Mutley will be cast as Maid Marian?
Nell: Drink your tea and stop talking nonsense.
Me: Yes. Sorry.