Having returned from Avebury and been somewhat revived by a hot shower and a cooked breakfast, it was back to the Town Hall for the last session. We were led in a guided meditation by Philip, which is always fantastic, and after that we were lucky enough to be able to watch a play performed by the Baggage Theatre Co-op, who had come all the way over from NZ – you can catch the full story on Philip’s blog here
If you visit the company’s facebook page you can catch some clips of the play. It was pretty moving stuff and a lot of us were brushing away tears. The play was an exploration of identity through the telling of the members own personal life stories; how their experiences and beliefs about who they were, effected their own personal sense of identity. By the end of the production we had seen how circumstances and their reaction to them had molded their lives and how they had eventually became happy in their own skins through an acceptance of who they knew themselves to be, rather than any roles foisted on them by society.
It was interesting that all the cast were middle aged, I wonder if it would be possible to produce such a moving piece with younger actors. I think that maybe you need a few decades to work through your stuff and get to a point when you can say this is who I am. It is pretty liberating to be able to get off the societal conveyor belt of obligation – school – college – career – marriage – children and consumerism – conforming etc, and it’s not usually something we realise we can do until we’re older.
I think a great many of us found that the play encouraged us to take another look at how we viewed ourselves, and to ask whether how we live at the moment is honouring our true authentic self. It provided many avenues to explore in any further quest to find out more about who ‘we’ are.
Bravo! Baggage Co-op!