Theatre life is a generation game
MORE than 30 years ago, they were two members of the same Grand Theatre repertory company.
But they did not know then that, fast forward a few decades, they would be returning to the Swansea venue to watch their offspring working together in another stage production.
Menna Trussler and Eleanor McLeod will be doing exactly that next week, when the curtain goes up on I'll Be There Now in a Minute!
The show is a follow-up to Jack Llewellyn's 2012 hit, Whose Coat is that Jacket, which once again looks at the loveable Welsh Williams family, this time going for their first foreign holiday in thirty years.
The show is produced by Eleanor's son Tom, and who also makes a cameo appearance in the show, and features in the cast Menna's daughter Nia, as a neighbour, called Poppy.
Eleanor spent six seasons with the Grand Theatre based John Chilvers' Repertory Company, where she met Menna, and is now an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
She said: "Menna was an assistant stage manager at the Grand, and she had gone to buy some milk for the cast, when I happened to open the curtains as she was walking across the stage.
"It was a dramatic scene, and the whole audience saw her.
"I will never forget that.
"I also worked in Oakleigh House, and both Nia and Tom went there, although at different times.
"It's funny how life goes in circles."
Menna Trussler has also had a varied career on stage and screen, and can next be seen on Christmas Day on S4C production Y Syrcas. She said: "I am really looking forward to seeing the show.
"It's amazing when you think back about it. I would never have thought back then that our children would be working together.
"But I don't get nervous for Nia now when I'm watching her, because I know she is very capable."
The show, which is directed by Dean Verbeck, begins tomorrow at the New Theatre in Cardiff, before touring Wales.
Tom said: "Nia and I have known each other through Swansea acting circles, but it is the first time we have actually worked together.
"It's a great story and it's full of Welsh humour, the kind you get from the rugby club, or over the garden fence.
Nia added: "I think our mothers are delighted we are working together."
I'll Be There Now in a Minute runs at the Grand Theatre between September 16 - 19.