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An Actor Quarantines - Day 1

Updated: Mar 19, 2020


So after the devastating news on Monday 16th March 2020 that our beloved theatre community was to be put on hold until further notice, plus the imminent threat of the whole of the uk closing down, I thought I might start a new blog detailing thoughts, emotions and general day to day (hopefully amusing) housebound activities.

I hope this blog may bring some solace in the fact that we're all going through the same thing. And maybe bring a smile or two in the process.

So day 1. What did you do? Have you, like me, decided it's best to quarantine now? Did you also make a mental list of all the things you'd like to achieve in this weird time?

Having started that pile of washing that's been building up and watched a couple of movies I've realised what a weird thing 'shock' is. I've spent the last couple of days with an aching heart and a horrific knot in my tummy so I decided today should be 'business as usual'.

But the knot comes back, and in waves. The sadness of it all, the uncertainty, that lost feeling, the fact that there's nothing you can do but ride it out.

Should I close the windows in case the air is

toxic? Which room should I start the deep

clean in? When will I see my adorable

colleagues again? Do I feel like i'm getting

a sore throat? Anxiety overload!

Then you suddenly realise that pile of washing took an hour to get in the washing machine, and you weren't really taking in any of 'Crocodile Dundee'!

One thing is for sure. This will end. In the meantime we need to take care of our families, our friends and most of all ourselves! Light some candles, get in the bath with a hot chocolate (or a large gin!) get exercise where possible, keep your mind busy, dance around in the living room ..... and finally finish sorting out that odds and ends drawer you started 3 years ago!

Tomorrow will be a much more productive day (he says to himself uncertainly)

And we'll start by bleaching the doorhandles!

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Rosemary Elborough
19 mar 2020

Hi Gary,

I'm self isolating in Hawaii, with family. Lovely to read your blogs. Great idea. Keep it up. Aloha and Mahalo

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