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Performance in one's home, small scale or big scale, a time for family members or others to share a talent, musical or dramatic, goes back through historical time. Remember in "Downton Abbey," there was the episode where Kiri te Kawana performed before invited family and guests? And the scene, also in "Downton Abbey," where the daughters sang for the soldiers who were recuperating at Downton.
Years ago when I was staying at a B&B in Bath, England, the two ladies who ran the B&B informed me that there would be some entertainment Friday evening and I was invited. What I did not know is that I was expected to participate. I honestly do not remember what I did, I have no talent, but I think I sang something.
This post is participatory--have you ever been part of a recital? What was your "act"? Details? Please share.