BY MARY PRICE-O'CONNOR
I have been reflecting on my life and where saying yes got me, and how it has been really useful to say yes (saying no, also useful at times too, but the yes’s have taken me on and through wonderful paths that have led on ,on ,on…… )
These are some of my big yes moments (often not knowing what would happen. I think they were “Yes And “ moments )
In 1988 my yes led me to start composing for fringe theatre with Cracked Mirror.
In 1990 my “yes let’s have a baby “ gave me three children and a 20 year marriage with many happy memories.
In 1997 my “yes I’ll play for your ballet classes” led me to learn about improvising for movement.. which led to…..
…. when Lawrence set up a Silent film society in 2003 and asked me to be the silent film accompanist my “yes, I’ll have a go” led me to, in September of that year , having only seen Chaplin films before on the television ….sitting before a 3 hour film (Intolerance DW Griffiths) and playing for it. I played weekly that season and I’ve accompanied 50 different silent films since which led to…
…..my…..2008 ” yes, wise parents who know me so well, yes universe, I’ll become a student of Dalcroze Eurhythmics “ which has led me to the most delightful rich career in teaching , connecting my love of music and movement that has enhanced every aspect of my creative life…..
…..In 2010 I said “yes” to Stella Duffy’s session “who wants to work with me” which led to making the Chaosbaby Project and glorious friends, community, learning, sharing, theatre making…
…..which led to me being invited to work with Shaky Isles and…..I am now a member of this company whose values I hold dear and with whom I’ve grown so much as an actor and a person.