An Actor Arrives at the Bristol Old Vic
An Actor Arrives at the Bristol Old Vic theatre stories
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carl_halling
carl_halling Residing London Metropolitan Area
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'An Actor Arrives at the Bristol Old Vic' has as its origins the barest elements of a story started - but never finished - in early 1980, while I was working at the Bristol Old Vic, a famous theatre in the city of Bristol in south west England, playing the part of Mustardseed in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'. I rescued it in 2006 from a battered notebook in which I habitually scribbled during spare moments offstage while clad in my costume and covered in blue body make-up and silvery glitter, and while doing so, some of the glitter was transferred from the pages with which they were stained more than a quarter of a century previously onto my hands; it was an eerie experience. It was subject to further minor modifications on the 28th of August 2018, including the all but pointless repetition of the first line as a means of bringing the piece to a conclusion. Image from ca. 1980.

An Actor Arrives at the Bristol Old Vic

I remember the grey slithers of rain,

The jocular driver,

As I boarded the bus at Temple Meads,

And the friendly lady who told me

When we had arrived at the city centre,

I remember the pub on King Street,

With its quiet maritime atmosphere.

I remember tramping to the little cottage

Where I had decided to stay between rehearsals,

Along Park Street,

Whiteladies Road and Blackboy Hill,

My arms and hands,

Aching from my bags,

I remember the grey slithers of rain.

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