They wish to make the world a better place. It occurred to them that it might please an audience to watch older actors – who are in general under-employed and not necessarily senile – having a go at the most dangerous practice of performing without a text, or a story, or a plan, or anything more than a huge impetus towards a positive adventure in an unknown circumstance.
Well into my ninth decade, I found it the most exhilarating, revealing, trusting and nourishing work I’ve experienced. The fear fell away as the most alert and ardent audience accepted trip-ups, non-sequiturs and wild daring leaps into deep water, with empathy, recognition, roars of laughter and joy, followed by spontaneous spectacular applause.
A heady mixture, which meant I hardly slept between our 10 performances.
It took me three months to come down to earth at the end. Actually I’m still high. Thanks, guys!