BLENHEIM PALACE, 1 NOVEMBER 1997

Poetry, Madness or Death!


Of all the days of the year, All Hallow's Day is set aside as the day when visits between the worlds are common.  In Act One, Anna Scott, the Queen of the Sidh, shown here perched upon the rock I crawl out from under at the start of the show, informs me that in consequence of my trespass upon the Fairy Mound on All Hallow's Eve, one of three fates is sure to befall me; the “gift of poetry, the despair of madness, or death.”  The irony of the line was intended, but I had the strange sensation that the border between reality and fantasy had become blurred and my real life situation was not very different.  In the next few hours, I must prove myself both poet and performer, or, if I 'died' on that stage, I would surely prove myself mad for imagining I could pull it off.

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