“Last night I dreamt I was in a theatre. On the table there was a box. It seemed to be full of presents. Wrapped. I couldn’t be sure. Are they presents? I said. We pulled off the Christmas wrapping and they weren’t presents but clues…”
Mary. Linda. Linda. Mary. MaryLinda. MaryLin. MariLyn. Marilyn Munroe. A 24 hour character crisis.
Then, “Suddenly everything makes sense; in fact it’s triplets…”. No. This time it was twins. And not Mary’s, someone else’s.
Mickey and Tony were in the dream. And Simon and Eddie. Caroline, Donna Marie, MaryAbi, ‘B’, ‘Streets’, ‘PinkUkelele’ – were all there too, together with unfamiliar faces, who by the end of the dream, were like old friends because we had been bound together by a shared experience. Sammy was there, but not Sam – how could she be with her head down the toilet? Charming On Stage Lover was there too, but only fleetingly as the doctor I remember him to be; then he would appear with a crate of milk in his hands; but most of the time he had to be uncharacteristically cold, distant and unfeeling.
Artist Masquerading as a Manager enters centre stage with Liverpool-inspired paintings. A funfair. Beads and bleachers and colored lights. As if she already knew.
Artwork © Joanne Webb
They were young, free and innocent – three good friends. Mickey, Eddie and Linda – “she’s a girl, but she’s all right.” But is the couple in the picture Mickey and Linda? Or Linda and Eddie?
It could have been either. And yet they both died – the two clowns, who could and did get their lines right. Leaving Linda alone.
Bring the curtain down. Until September. Because other people’s words said it all…