Actor, Playwright and founding member of Farnham Rep, David Gooderson  has had a busy spring and summer. 
He spent nine weeks in Singapore playing  Montague in an open-air production of Romeo & juliet for Singapore Repertory Theatre and doubling as the vocal coach for the mainly Asian company. 
In July his adaptation of  The Wind in the Willows ( which he directed for Farnham Rep at the Maltings in December 2010 ) had a successful two-week run with The Marian Street Theatre for Young People in Sydney, Australia.
 
David meets a famous grandmother

The Duchess of Cornwall, a grandmother herself, and step-grandmother to Prince George, came across a bed with a difference when she visited the Royal Festival Hall- enormous in size and home to two storytelling grandparents.

Camilla was not only intrigued by the giant bed and Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine from the famous Roald Dahl classic Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - but also enquired about the couple's bed socks.

The characters were appearing in the production Grandpa Joe's Giant Storytelling Bed, which imagines life after their grandson Charlie has been given Willie Wonka's famous sweet making company.

Actor David Gooderson, 72, who plays the lead character in the show  staged at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Imagine children's festival, said: "The Duchess wanted to see our bed socks she asked 'have you got your bed socks on?', and we pulled out our feet and showed her."

Anita Wright, 81, playing Grandma Josephine and dressed in a flowing nightshirt and cap like her stage partner,  added: "She said she would love to have a nap on the bed and we invited her to come in."

The Duchess did not venture onto the quilt covered mattress that was 40 metres (130ft) square and had a brass bed head, but dozens of children had fun rolling around on it.

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