I am reminded after the third performance of the Olde Tyme Music Hall (in which I sing two dozen songs with the chorus of 40, dance the old soft shoe, do a comic routine with Mike who plays a card sharp, while I am his dumb audience volunteer, narrate the melodrama and appear in sundry crowd scenes!) that I love to be on the stage Mrs Worthington. We performed yesterday at a farm outside Childers – having to set up a stage, tent dressing rooms and fiddled entries and arrangements to accommodate the small space. Everyone took it in their stride and an audience of ninety four had a ball with us. I am exhausted today but smiling on the inside. Doing this gig meant not taking myself so seriously (me who was more used to the high art of Brecht & Shakespeare). I had to overcome my prejudice against bad jokes and ham acting and learn to go with the flow and enjoy those things over which I had no control, while at the same time relishing the work with the community and the chance to sing. I seem to have managed to get myself insanely busy at this point. Funding I worked for from the Flexible Touring Fund with Arts Queensland has meant full time labor to make it happen – to bring gin buses from 4 destinations to matinees and to tour the show to two other places. It has meant developing a Wide Bay network for Pilotlight Productions that would have taken 3 years of normal development. I actually look forward to writing the acquittal! Then I will rest- traveling to Sydney and Melbourne in November to family and friends. I have done all this while wrestling with drug therapy- have gone cold turkey on hormones and any other strong medication in an effort to get my body back and find myself again. It has been through a lot the old corpus – but I feel like I am coming back and with what I have managed to sustain alongside people thirty years my junior in the past few weeks I think I must be ticking along okay!