Postcard written by Erin Walcon
EW: So what triggers that motivation to stay involved?
RH: I think that is the word. It becomes addictive. And it’s not just because we want to be on stage, prancing around, for some personal fulfilment. It’s actually creating a character, drawing it out of yourself and that’s valuable.
JM: I think initially, it is a case of you are doing it for you. And I think most people if they were brutally honest, would admit the same. For myself, it was a case of I was very appreciate of being allowed to go on stage and act and do what I wanted to do, and I morally felt obliged to give something back to the theatre i.e. to do other voluntary duties, etc. and that’s just the way I’m built. I think that’s true for a lot of other people, to be honest. But then again, for a lot of people in am dram, there’s more to it. There is a social side. It gives you something to do. And it keeps you very mentally active.
RH: Yeah, I would agree with that. Particularly at my age – you see, so many people spend their time doing crosswords, and summing up Sudoku?
JM: Well it’s very difficult for, one of the things I’ve noticed – with this society and others locally – is that even older people, say in their 70s, or 80s, even, are extraordinarily fit and active, both physically and mentally, and I think it’s fulfilling a need to give you something worth getting up in the morning for. I mean, that’s a gross generalisation, but it is certainly fulfilling a need. And it is a very intense hobby, very time consuming, and it requires a huge commitment, which actually is part of the enjoyment.