Last night I experienced for the first time the actor's nightmare. I was in the middle of a short speech, feigning hot temper, when suddenly I did not know what I was supposed to say next. I panicked and stalled even more strongly. My fellow actors could not help me as they badly needed the cue at the end of my line. The one I could not remember. The woman playing my wife laughed and said, "Well I guess I've got you there". I laughed too, really faking it and said "I guess you have". Then I remembered a later line and they were thrown. Some friends in the audience said they did not notice. Either they were being kind, or, because it came in the middle of a quarrel, it was not so noticeable. I've dreamed that I was on stage and I did not know what I was supposed to do, but now it has happened. Another actress said"It happens, but then you're still alive, it hasn't harmed you". Perhaps I was right to give up acting ten years ago when I still had a suitable brain.
Southwell, Nottinghamshire - *The Leaves of Southwell* When posting about one of the carvings in the chapter house of Southwell Minster the other week, I inevitably got down from my ...
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