from the cracks in the psyche of culture
you had a dream where you were someone else caught in a massive
you shaking when you woke up. You try to explain your dream. But it
remember the walls and the darkness of a huge and ancient Cathedral
carved from the stone.
remember having a revelation about your life and the lives of others
who were in some
significant to you. Your whole being has been affected by this
dream. You were
when you awoke. Now, you try to recall what you dreamt and you try
to work out
it all meant.
was the sound and the darkness. I could feel my soul as if it was as
real as my arms or my legs. I could really feel her surrounding me
amongst the beams of light through the windows. I heard her soft and
gentle whispering from the darkness. Her breathing on my skin! And I
liked her. I loved her.
features the haunted worlds of drug addiction and the search for
meaning set against the back drop of pragmatic religious institutions
that are themselves struggling in the new era of globalization and
move away to stationery positions. The Old Women suddenly continue
with their CHANTING and move in procession. Jessie now slowly manages
to sit up. The pain is still there but she gains her consciousness.
The Statues are still and silent.
Ever since I
was a little girl, I used to love the way those voices just drifted
and floated around the air in the Cathedral. (Pause) It's not a
religious thing you know. I'm not religious. My Aunty Mary was
religious. She used to play the pipe organ. She's dead now. Died
years ago when I was little. But she used to take me here. I hadn't
been here for years. Then one day I just snuck in. A trap door's lock
was broken. Still is! (Pause) It was the sound and the darkness! I
could feel my soul as if it was as real as my arms or my legs. My
heart! I could really feel a kind of magic surrounding me amongst the
beams of light through the Angels pictured in the windows. I could
feel their emotions and their approval of me sculptured in stone . I
heard their soft and gentle whispering from the darkness. And I liked
it. I loved it. It was like: like a mother. And I was a child. She
offered me the one place where I didn't have to pretend; or act like
I was stupid and: She let me sing. ME. My crappy voice sounded so
beautiful. I felt beautiful. I felt sensual. Like I didn't have to
put on a face and play games. I heard my voice. And I saw myself in
those windows: those beautiful windows of sorrow, kindness and such
pain. They know pain and fear. I know fear every day now. But they
know my fear. (Distracted) Ah look, I know what you're thinking.
You're thinking I was high and tripping out. You're thinking I was
hallucinating and doing drugs. Isn't that right? Well, I'll tell you
what, I never did that shit in here. Never. I could've done. But I
didn't. Never. That would have contaminated everything. I was clean
in here. I wouldn't do that. Guy, my boy friend, he wanted me to. He
couldn't see that it was my place. My space! Me! And yeah! All right,
he made me shoot up with him once. I hated him for it. But I never
did. It wasn't me. You know, it wasn't me. (Pause) I'm sounding like
a junkie. Aren't I! Well that's what I am. I don't want to be. I
never wanted to be. But it's what I've become.
by Daramalan Theatre Company at The Street Theatre,
Life And A Stranger
by Joe Woodward and featuring Colleen Jitts
on the final night of the original production (Sat 26 Oct 2002)
23-26 in 2002
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