We come up with a working title: Things You’d Never Expect to See, About Me, in a Library
The morning’s session is personal and intimate - the afternoon’s session is packed with people but contains unexpected insights too.
We start to think about the performance we are making together and about the upcoming residency. We make little books (one for each participant) detailing things we have loved seeing.
We wonder: How do we embed the performance so it has to take place in a library; What would happen if we played the “Tail’s Game? or re-staged some of the blindfold leading
Whether we could provide insight to “what I’m thinking on the inside”; is there something symbolic to stand if for something I’d like to do?
We’d like to see: the cookie monster; a mix of crazy subversive actions and personal moments (the pen, the chain)
We talk with Ella about developing a performative moment - might it be something in sign language (something we might not expect of her)
We discuss things they thought I’d never do: give up drinking, get married, work with the public, write a book
In the afternoon we share sage-like proverbs including:
When anytime you are feeling blue, look, no act, happy.
If I should get away I will happily run wild
A trouble is often doubled every time you don’t talk
We share unexpected things about ourselves firstly with each other and then we develop them into performances and conversations
I travelled to New Zealand on my own - it took 3 days to get there
I went to an international football match
I jumped off a cliff
I drove a racing car
I’ve saved someone from drowning 3 times in my life
I learned to drive at 13
I’m a secret poet
I play the cello
I sing kareoke - it’s like an old englishman’s sing-along
I like to bounce all over the place
I learned to drive in my late 50s - then I’d go anywhere
I used to be a bus driver - I wasn’t very well behaved - I liked to drop the oldies to their doors! There were 5 men and me on the test - guess who passed?
I take long walks