Elaine Paige gives the West End Whingers a new catchphrase

Monday 14 May 2007

And we think it will catch on…

Drowsy Chaperone - putting gin in originalThe 5-Minute Interview in today’s The Independent is with “singer, actor and broadcaster” Elaine Paige to mark tonight’s first preview of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Novello.

A phrase I use far too often is…
“Write it down.” There’s always so much to think about and to remember so I always ask whoever I’m working with to write things down. It’s an aide memoire if you will.

Write it down yourself, Elaine!

How fantastic and how terrifyingly demanding and diva-ish! The Whingers have made a mental note never to work with Elaine Paige in the future no matter how much she begs.

They have made another mental note to use this phrase at every available opportunity; it’s still just a mental note unfortunately; although each Whinger has been telling the other to “write it down” for the best part of two hours, neither has yet complied.

16 May 2007: Footnote: The Whingers went to see The Drowsy Chaperone last night and guess what? “Write that down” is a line from the show. Three theories suggest themselves:

A. This is just a coincidence

B. Paige was attempting to be clever and make an in-joke which was fated to fall flat with everyone except the most die-hard fans of the show.

C. They dropped the joke into the play after reading Elaine’s piece in The Independent.

What do you think?

16 May 2007. Footnote: We saw it and this this what we thought.


4 Responses to “Elaine Paige gives the West End Whingers a new catchphrase”

  1. M/N Says:


  2. Tony Clifton Says:

    You should write that down.

  3. czechOUT Says:

    Elaine Paige-I always think “potato actress”, thanks to the wonderful French and Saunders sketch. …It was a typo. Jennifer meant “Petite”


  4. A.Teach Says:

    and the show?
    Fascinating interview on Womans Hour this morning on EP and MT.
    Chececk it out

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