Thoughts. Ramblings. Heavy-hipped. Mango-obsessed.

Going Solo...

I did a part of my solo show last night. It was intense and emotional. For one of the pieces, I was playing a character called Mahri. She's being bullied in school for being 'ginger' and 'fat'. Somewhere in the piece, I leave it open and let her do her thing - yesterday, she went into the audience asking them if she was fat, and when they said no, she called them 'LIAR'. Then she called everyone LIARS, called herself Ugly, Fat; lifted her t-shirt so the audience could see just how fat she was, then went back on stage and pigged out on food, while saying through her stuffed mouth that she was Ugly and that she hated the audience. 'I'm ugly, I'm ugly' she kept on saying. And then it all ended with a deep cry, almost like a howl, and she just crouched over the table in a dishevelled heap.

I'd never tried that part of the script before, so when I finished presenting my work and came off the stage, I was a bit of a wreck. The crying continued in the toilet, but this time, it was me Ebele crying for Mahri.

So, yes, that's how last night went.

I'd like to get hold of every bully out there and tell them to stop, to deal with their own shit.

After the performance, a woman came up to me and told me I was beauty-full and that I shouldn't do what I did again - that it ain't right - that it made her cry - that I really REALLY shouldn't do it to myself again. She also said that her partner had to leave because it upset her.

But, I'm like, this is life. This is the reality of being human. This is a facet of someone's life. This is their reality. Life is beauty-full and ugly and funny and exquisite and unfair and complete, and I just showed one facet of that.

It's great to take an audience on a journey whether it's through being funny or surreal or downright goofy (and that's in the show too), but we all have the ability to face the music and step outside our comfort zones. Yesterday, Mahri chose not to go on that journey on her own.

I'm proud of myself for:

a) actually remembering most of my lines!
b) going with the flow (some of the bits I did yesterday were improvised).
c) for giving Mahri a voice


I guess with more experience, I'll learn to deal better with what could be unleashed on stage, but yesterday, it was a lot for me to take in. I knew where the performance could go and I was willing to let it go there, holding back wasn't an option - but the extent it got to did take me aback – I felt like an observer – 'cos after a while, I became Mahri and I could feel what she was feeling – ugly, dishevelled, hideous, angry, extremely emotional – the way she cried, I can still hear it, so much pain. And when she raged at the audience 'I hate you', what she was really saying is that she hated herself.

Mahri is a beautiful, intelligent, funny young girl - in pain. The bullies don't need to bully her anymore. She's internalised their ruthless tongues. She bullies herself now.

Her mum will never know. She will stay an intelligent funny little girl for mummy.

The food helps.


Yesterday, it would have been nice to have a shoulder to come home to - partner, friend, sibling - 'cos I still felt quite tender and the flat felt too silent. Instead, I was washing the f**king Glastonbury mud off my f**king suitcase! Ah well...

ebele

8 comments:

annette.sontan said...

The power of creativity, creative power...life just as it should be.

Rachel said...

it made me cry just to read that entry. and i wish you'd had someone to come home to as well, i know exactly how you feel. Im sad that your fundraiser is on the same night as wordplay, otherwise i wud be there performing and id get to see you and be a part of it - but youll meet my amazing good friend Rosy, she's a fanstastic writer and person. in fact all four of those brighton poets are a treat, im sure it will be an amazing night, lots of love and big hugs xxxx

Ebele said...

it sure is...

thanks for passing by...

ebele

Ebele said...

rachel, i wish you could be at the fundraiser too, darling - i do miss your energy.

thanks for passing by the blog.

love.

ebele

Vanessa said...

That was so powerful, I can only imagine the atmosphere in the rooom. Thanks for the share and congratulations on your creativity.

Ebele said...

thank you, vanessa. It was definitely an experience I won't forget in a hurry.

take care...

Bloggrrl said...

Wow. It would have made me cry too, and I would have been thankful, because it is not so often that we get something unvarnished and real. I'd rather be disturbed than for my soul to be dead.

Ebele said...

"I'd rather be disturbed than for my soul to be dead." - I'm gonna remember that - well said.

Thank you so much for passing by & reading through.

Yes, it was an experience that stayed fresh with me for a good few days afterwards.

mango for you...

ebele