It all started with a tweet:
Future Delivery at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6 5HG 6pm on Sunday. FREE! Email to reserve now firstname.lastname@example.org
— Fluxx Improvisation (@fluxx_impro) July 2, 2012
Lauderdale House is around the corner, I love theatre and am always curious about it, I didn’t have plans, so I wrote them a mail and booked a ticket.
Future Delivery seems a strange title for a play though doesn’t it?
I trusted it would all make sense on the night, and it did. I arrived, registered, got a name badge, and was assigned the role of ‘Sarah’s friend.’ And hi, there was Sarah, and we’d known each other forever. All the guests sat down in what felt like living room, and the fun started with a home video to set the scene.
I won’t post spoilers in case you want to see the performance for yourself. I do want to write about what it did to me.
The play was an exploration of disability, with the audience actively involved in finding out details about the plot and being part of the action.
I got totally involved (at times it felt more real to me than some ‘real life’ things I sometimes play a role in.) It made me wonder if I had ever consciously dealt with what happened in my life. I’m certainly happy now and wouldn’t change anything, but – do I stand for all the choices I made, am I responsible, or am I still looking back, feeling sorry for myself and blaming other people?
It was great to be able to air some of the emotions experienced in the play by chatting with the actors and other guests afterwards.
If you ever get the chance to see @fluxx_impro’s performances, do it. Thanks to the Wellcome Foundation for supportin innovative and thought-provoking art.