Visiting School in Belfast

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Visiting School in Belfast

Postby Toothy Grin on November 17th, 2011, 3:35 pm

Hello Tom,

Hope today finds you in good spirits.

I recently came across a short video clip of when you visited a primary school in Belfast during your time in Doctor Who. You seemed to be loving the attention and the clip shows you running around the playground with the children following behind as if you were the pied piper! I know you visited lots of schools but as this one was in Belfast during a particularly troubled period I wondered if you had any memories of it?

All the best,

Mark.
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Re: Visiting School in Belfast

Postby Tom Baker on December 4th, 2011, 4:43 pm

Dear Mark,

I do remember it but I did so many visits in those days.

Later, (1984?) I was in Educating Rita at Belfast Opera House and we sold out the entire week. And in the pub after the first night I accepted an offer to visit a children's home. Not a wise move. Someone instantly wanted to know what my politics were! We were in a pub and very happy because of our ecstatic reception and the guinness. I was not thinking clearly. It was a little diplomatic incident! Luckily someone from the Royal Shakespeare company swiftly arranged for me to also visit "the other community" and the tension evaporated. It was an amazing week and Kate Fitzgerald as Rita caused a sensation with her wonderful performance.

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