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The Actor #1

Posted by jackiepope on September 9, 2016

THE FIRST ACTOR

I have to say the first, because there have been quite a few thespians through the doors of my shops. And this one I will call Dai (welsh).

He came into my shop in St Kevin’s Arcade as large as life; this is the first time that I have met someone who ‘fills the space’. I think if it had been the town hall, it would have felt ‘filled up’.

Black jeans, white shirt; scarf around his neck; black hair; and about 45 years old, maybe pushing 50. Not sure.

He looked me in the eye and said he could not afford a reading, but needed one. Would I be open to giving him a reading and in exchange he would recite/perform any poem I wished out in the arcade.

At the time there was a café in the arcade called ‘Alleluia’, and it was full of people being lunchtime. I agreed.

I gave him his reading, and he escorted me outside the shop; I sat down at one of the tables and what came next was probably one of the most amazing things…

I had a poem I loved – The Ancient Mariner; but I also loved Under the Milkwood by Dylan Thomas. I had once heard it read by Richard Burton. It was magical.

He performed both for me. In the middle of Karangahape road I was transported to that painted ship upon a painted ocean; and I was taken back to the welsh village. His voice was mesmerizing; very deep, very rich. I was not aware of anyone else in the café at all; although it was full. And when he had finished there was silence then a wave of applause and cheers. But during the performance I was the only one there; and it was purely for me.

He walked me back into my shop. Smiled and walked out, never to be seen again. I will never forget that performance.