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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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Free verse
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I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
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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 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.
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Did you say mid summers night's dream. That is my favorite play. I am a total theatre nerd. Did you preform it? Who were you? Oh my gosh that is so cool. I loved king Osborn. He is my favorite character. That play is so romantic and weird. I LOVE IT!

(Love hanging with my family of poets)

Good to hear from you, yes 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', I performed in it, a minor part of one of the Fairies, I love that play too, it is one of my favourite ever plays. Carl.

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No pain no gain? Hey i shall let you into a secret, i wanted to be in the theatre, even at school i was the one who made it happen, and i used to live by the Italia Conti Landor road, london
i used to see the ballerinas and so on walking in the doors wishing it was me, i was so close yet so far! Hey i love the imagery in this it just makes me feel at home, a typical scenario for me. Keep it going its charming. are you an Actor?

Thank you...Teddy

...and I knew people who went there. I'm so pleased you like this, Teddy, yes, I'm an actor, this was one of my first productions, way back in 1980.

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I am screaming inside sir. A British actor there is something very special this evening for me on neopoet, it's absolutely a platform for all but when it is someone famous, I am really prevelaged to know.

Thank you...Teddy

I feel privileged too, Teddy!

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