So for Christmas I got the flu. But I was nursed oh so interestingly by one Dr Who, courtesy of the Space Channel marathon and every time he turned up he was someone different! What a thing! But Dr Who aside, the flu did make for a somewhat solitary and melancholy Christmas. I always find Christmas a little melancholy, the contemplation and reflection packed in amongst increasing bustle and fray which I resist with varying results. Now emerging from the cocoon to spend my birth day and new year with the dearest of friends in Salmon Cove I can count my blessings and will! What a year for my company In Conjunction with new plays in development for TNL, Rising Tide, Brazil Square about to launch at the Hall in a few weeks and the crazy Revue with Rising Tide, the great Comedy Ark of Sanctuary for the Comedy Creatures who still survive and work on the stage.
I am grateful to Donna F. and Creative Publishing for my new book This is the Cat coming out in the spring of the year, as my beloved Uncle Bernard Butler always said, there is always something to look forward to in the spring of the year. I think I will take the heart of that thought and try to apply it to every day this year, springing forward, springing along, basically keeping on going with the creative universe, invested with the power of fives, being fifty plus five on this day, a really really nice halfway number, I think.
And “The Remarkable Life of Clementine Parsons’ my new one woman play co-devised with Charlie T is bursting out like little crazy weeds all over the garden and that’s all I’d better say about that….for now!
The best time ever was touring the province with Amy House in The Importance of Being Foolish, the best reminder of how to have a great time in a great province, how to dream big and make it happen with licks and promises and whispers and wishes. In the spirit of Hobbits I wish you all a very merry un-birth day and a healthy and happy new year. My family and friends are all spectacular and I am in awe of ye all every single day and somewhat astonished to have been chosen by ye but here I am all the same.
Also this year I learned what emoticon thingies are.
I write things for people who want to write. I write things for people who have a vision and need the words. I write, therefore I am.
Berni Stapleton, In Conjunction