25th May 2007
After months of waiting we can finally talk about it! Yippee. I mean, of course we’ve all been talking about it with friends and family, and most of the people in “the business” are fully aware of the seven lucky actors who won the lottery, but now it’s out there in the national media! We’re contracted! We can blab! And there are names I didn’t know about: Djanet Sears, playwright extraordinaire who I went to York University with in 1981! (we were 12) and Veronica Tennant, who directed me in a short film at Banff in 1999. Well, I knew about Veronica, but was told in no uncertain terms to keep my mouth shut about that one. I’m thrilled about it. I’m being choreographed by an icon of the ballet world. Should I bring my tap shoes?
Packing. Now that’s all I’m thinking about. Two weeks today and we’re leaving. Getting the house ready, and organising the sub-let. Finding someone to take care of the cat. Getting all the bills routed through the internet. Yikes. But all I really care about are how many gowns should I take, and how often will I be wearing the Fluvogs? Do they sell my hair colour in Stratford, or should I stock up? The practicalities.
This is a dream come true for me. For the first couple of months I couldn’t even mention it without laughing in disbelief. But now it begins to move into my reality: I will be opening a brand new Canadian play at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 2nd of August 2007. That’s cool. Too cool.