I often book a front seat at the abbey theatre to try to see the actors as close up as possible and to be near to them as if I was on the abbey stage with them during the play. And when a play is over I often quietly, when no-one’s looking, place my hand on the edge of the stage. This way, I can truely say to myself that I was on the abbey stage like the rest of the staff. That there is a poem in that statement or even a play about ‘The man who placed his hand on the Abbey Stage’. Then he would be the star of it and not a bit player. The bit player would be the star.
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