JOURNAL OF A LIFE – The War Is Over. Now Let’s Become A Star
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As a great mentor of mine – Joe Schroeder – never tired of saying “A Life Worth Living is a Life Worth Recording”
so today I am here to share another episode in the life’s journey of one of the great people whose life I am privileged to have shared a part of – my mother AnneKaete Pocklington.
World War II Years – The War Is Over. Now Let’s Become A Star
Imagine, if you will, your dreams have been put on hold to cater for the demands of a World War.
Imagine your whole desire is to be an actress.
But the playwrights you loved were now possibly considered dangerous
Possibly even subversive.
You need an experienced coach, but he doesn’t take students.
Would obstacles such as these have stood in YOUR way?
The War Is Over. Now Let’s Become A Star
With Walter gathering strength, and the business not being very busy anyway, it was high time I thought of something to do. Some real work, something which would be my Career. And that was just the snag, where did one start in this upside down sort of a world where nothing was normal. I knew there was only one thing I wanted to be, I had to be, I was meant to be, and that was…. an Actress. No way would I dream of anything else.
And I had, all through, carried on learning as many parts as it was possible for me to learn with a shortage of the right books, of course. The War had taken care of most of Germany’s book stock. Everything printed had to have a permit from the Allies. And so many writers had been suppressed, they all had to go into print now. There was not much room at the moment for Goethe, Schiller and so many more. But I still had enough to learn, there was no shortage. And I learned them all by reading my part the last thing at night, then putting the book under my pillow, and reading it again the first thing in the morning. It worked quite well.
There were, of course, no German Theatres at the time, definitely not in Wilhelmshaven. The old theater had been bombed anyway, and the established actors and artistes – God knows where. But I went to the townhall, got the address of one of my favourite Actors, and the best known Character Actor in Wilhelmshaven at that time, a wonderful, wonderful man called Willy Minauf. I wrote to him, begged for an interview, he let me come, and I was his pupil. From that moment the fact of learning my trade started in earnest. He had never taken students before, I was told later, and if he helped anybody, definitely not ‘a girl’, so how come? Never mind, I was his Student and he made me learn hard, and it was wonderful.
And then gradually all actors came together and the idea of forming a new Theater was born. “Uncle Willy”, as we all very affectionately called him, took me to all the meetings and it was so fantastic. Getting to know intimately all famous actors, Ena Ritter, Alberta Gorter, Horst Strobl, so many, many more . And we formed a real Theater, called at the beginning the ‘Theater and Music Society’, with Director Albert Herring, one of the foremost musical Directors in Northern Germany, our Chief.
If life is the best teacher, doesn’t it make sense to learn from the lives of others?
So what did I learn from today’s episode?
I learned that when your dream is strong enough life has a way of overcoming the obstacles that would cause others to quit, and
I learned that the people you need to execute your dream WILL show up on time, exactly as needed…
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Published: July 31, 2014, 11:25 | 2 Comments on JOURNAL OF A LIFE – The War Is Over. Now Let’s Become A Star
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