A theatrical tale…

for Friday Fictioneers



zzzzMy friend Rosey and I went to London to see our thespian mate Gascoigne in his latest Shakespearian role.

The curtains swept back, and there he was, poised to deliver a scene-setting soliloquy. Rosey decided to offer encouragement by yelling “Cock a leg Gaza”. Everyone turned and stared.

“What’s wrong?” she mouthed.

“You shouldn’t shout and anyway, the phrase starts ‘break’ not ‘cock!’” I whispered which started her giggling.

Unfortunately, the play was rather boring. I kept yawning and Rosey nodded off, but at the end, the audience applauded –  except Rosey who stuck two fingers in her mouth and whistled!

I can’t take her anywhere!



There are loads more stories about My Friend Rosey HERE


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83 thoughts on “A theatrical tale…

  1. Iain Kelly Jun 26, 2019 / 12:23

    You should’ve known better than to let Rosey out for an evening at the theatre 🙂

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  2. gahlearner Jun 26, 2019 / 13:43

    I don’t agree with you. Going somewhere with Rosey is great fun! 🙂

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  3. hilarymb Jun 26, 2019 / 18:09

    Hi Keith – I hate to think what Rosey’d be like on the way home … especially if it was a train journey to our coast. I thought you were going to say she giggled her way through the show – and then got Gazza kicked out … fun story – cheers Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 27, 2019 / 09:47

      She giggles her way through life! I decided not to take her to the tennis! Pleased you liked it Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 27, 2019 / 09:45

      Fun to write too! I’ve posted over 100 stories about her to date and there are loads more to come! Thanks so much.

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      • dragonwarrior07987 Jun 27, 2019 / 15:34

        That says ‘You’ve made a truly realistic and believable and 3 dimensional character’
        That’s so great!! ❤ 🙂


  4. Sandra Jun 27, 2019 / 10:17

    You could never call her boring. Irritating perhaps, but never boring.

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  5. patriciaruthsusan Jun 27, 2019 / 14:01

    Hilarious, Keith. At least Gaza knew he had the support and the audience applauded. An evening with Rosey certainly doesn’t sound boring. You’re right about not taking her to see tennis. Well written. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 27, 2019 / 14:41

      I have to admit my mobile phone rang during a big tennis match the other day – how embarrassing was that?

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  6. draliman Jun 27, 2019 / 15:50

    You should have known that taking her to a Shakespeare play was just asking for trouble… reminds me of that opera scene in Pretty Woman 🙂

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  7. pennygadd51 Jun 27, 2019 / 16:10

    Haha! Broad grin on face!
    The solemnity of many productions of The Bard’s plays actively invites lampooning, don’t you think? I’m with Rosie – Cock a leg, Gazza!

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  8. Cathy Kennedy Jun 27, 2019 / 20:55


    I had to giggle over this one. I hope you’re not easily embarrassed. lol Thanks for the fun share.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 28, 2019 / 20:11

      Thanks Brenda. It’s not easy whittling down my Rosey tales to 100 words, so I’m pleased it worked okay!

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  9. Abhijit Ray Jun 29, 2019 / 07:18

    Rosey has an abundance of energy and a unique sense of humour. She does not fit in regular crowd.

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  10. Margaret Jun 29, 2019 / 09:03

    I just love it when people are real, and unpretentious. It’s so tempting sometimes to do something outrageous just to bring people back down to earth, but I usually resist. Three cheers for Rosie. Our local classical radio station had an ongoing discussion recently about the practice of not applauding between movements of classical pieces, and how it wasn’t always the rule.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 29, 2019 / 09:07

      I’ve never understood that practice, but there’s always someone who claps anyway – usually Rosey! Thanks Margaret.

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  11. kzmcb Jun 29, 2019 / 10:28

    I like Rosey. I think she’d find me as boring as the play, but I’d find her as entertaining as your story.

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  12. James McEwan Jun 29, 2019 / 12:32

    Looks like Rosey was after Gascoigne’s attention with her enthusiastic reaction. “Hey, look I am over here.”
    Did she enjoy her sleep?

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  13. Rowena Jun 29, 2019 / 13:58

    I loved this on, Keith. I felt every cringeworthy moment and posted a link on my FB page as our kids are into the performing arts.
    Best wishes

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  14. Sascha Darlington Jun 29, 2019 / 19:26

    Thank you for the much needed giggle. Rosey is my favorite recurring character in all of the blogosphere!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jun 30, 2019 / 17:17

      If I had my way, every story I write would be about Rosey, but I think my readers will find it a bit to much of a good thing!

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      • Sascha Darlington Jun 30, 2019 / 18:13

        One of the first short story writers I read was Ellen Gilchrist who wrote many, many short stories from youth to adulthood about a character name Rhoda. Maybe you should create an anthology. It might be fun seeing who Rosey was as a kid. I’m sure she has an interesting view on things.

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  15. Nobbinmaug Jun 29, 2019 / 20:20

    I think I would get along with Rosey. I always do or say the wrong thing, and I’m never quite sure why it’s wrong. It’s good of you to explain her improprieties. People just shake their heads at me and never explain what I did wrong.

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  16. Alice Audrey Jun 30, 2019 / 03:28

    But her shout might have been the highlight of the show.

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  17. Tessa Jul 1, 2019 / 00:07

    Rosey sounds like a hoot. Although I would be hiding from the embarrassment.

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  18. Laurie Bell Jul 2, 2019 / 23:14

    A funny story. The poor friend on stage, there’s nothing more distracting than people who call out. But they love wolf whistles at the end!

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  19. subroto Jul 7, 2019 / 13:55

    Gazza is on stage? I thought his whole life was public theatre, Rosey is not too far off 🙂

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