I had it all in the bag. It looked like it was all about to happen – an enormous stroke of luck that would see Archie out of my hair for a good few months.
Archie had an audition. A few weeks ago he phoned me from Uni to let me know he wouldn’t be home for dinner. ‘My agent’s just phoned and I have an audition tomorrow for something, I don’t know what it is, but I have to be in Redfern tomorrow and I have to sing and dance and act so I’m going to stay the night at a mate’s place because he can help me with my monologues and then I’ll see you after the audition’.
‘An audition Archie? What’s it for?’
‘Oh, I don’t know, some show or something’.
‘What do you have to do?’
‘Well, they want me to sing and I have to do a monologue so I’ll do Rubin Guthrie by Brendan Cowell because I really like that one’.
‘What are you going to sing?’
‘Oh, well you don’t think you should come home and get some rest and go in completely fresh in the morning?’
‘Oh no, she’s right. And my mate can run lines with me so it’s all good’.
‘Oh, okay, well call me after the audition and let me know how you went, okay’.
‘Yeah, sure mum, and don’t worry, she’s right’.
So Archie went off to the audition in Redfern for something he knew very little about and unlike his mother, wasn’t desperate for more than the vague information he’d been given.
However when he arrived at the cattle-call audition he noticed the room was filled wall to wall with drag queens. Archie was wearing the clothes he wore to uni the previous day including Sebago Docksides, jeans and a crumpled shirt he hadn’t bothered to iron.
He phoned me after the audition. He told me he had ‘nailed it’. ‘It was a great audition mum, one of my best ever’.
‘Did you find out what it’s for?’
‘Yeah, yeah, it’s for a new reality TV show on Channel 10 called, ‘I Will Survive‘. It’s to do with ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ musical and the winner will perform in the Broadway show in the role of Tick, you know mum, that’s the role Hugo Weaving played. Each week someone is eliminated and you end up with the survivor. The survivor wins $250,000 cash and gets to perform as Tick on Broadway.’
‘That’s really exciting Archie, and I’m so glad your audition went well’. And I was thinking how great it would be for Archie (and me) for Archie to go overseas for a while and someone else pick up the tab. But then Archie said, ‘But you know what mum?’
‘The casting agent really wanted me but then she phoned my agent and found out I’m only 19. To be in the show, because of some US law, you have to be 21 to play that role on Broadway so they can’t put me forward’.
My heart sank. ‘Really? I’m so disappointed for you’.
‘Oh don’t worry mum. It’s all good. I got to audition in front of one of the best casting directors in the country. And she loved me. That’s got to be good.’
Archie is always so positive.
Channel 10 has started advertising their new and upcoming show, ‘I Will Survive’. Jason Donovan is one of the judges as is the writer/director, Stephan Elliott. NIDA graduate, Hugh Sheridan from Packed to the Rafters is the host. But lately the show has run into difficulties with Broadway announcing it is closing the Broadway production in June, long before ‘the survivor’ heads there to claim his prize. Hmmm. Channel 10 is now scrambling to find a comparable prize for their winner.
When Archie finally arrived home after a defeat caused by a lack of age, he was in need of a shower and a change of clothes. He asked what was for dinner and was relieved and excited when I told him I was cooking Chinese.
Stir-Fried Pork Fillets with Hoisin Sauce
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: I found this to be a very affordable family meal.
- 600g pork fillets cut into 5mm (1/4 in) slices
- 1 small cucumber
- 2 tbspns vegetable oil
- 1 tbspn light soy sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, finely diced
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbspns malt vinegar
- 2 tbspns shao hsing wine or dry sherry
- 1 tbspn light soy sauce
- 2 tspns white sugar
- 1 tspn five-spice powder
- 1/2 tspn sesame oil
- 1/2 tspn sea salt
Combine pork with marinade ingredients in a large bowl, cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Using a vegetable peeler, finely slice cucumber lengthways into ribbons. Set aside. (I used a mandolin)
Heat oil in a hot wok until surface seems to shimmer slightly. Add half the marinated pork and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Remove from wok with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add remaining pork with all the marinade and stir-fry fro 30 seconds. Return reserved pork to the wok with soy sauce and stir-fry for a further minute or until pork is just cooked through and lightly browned.
Serve immediately, garnished with reserved cucumber.
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