The Book Page
Probably my next purchase:
- The Weil Conjectures, Karen Olsson, c. 2019
A surprisingly good book: Hamlet: Globe to Globe - 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play, Dominic Dromgoole, c. 2018 (paperback edition).
Chapter 5, page 83: the touring company is just an hour or so from playing Mexico City. Most of the company is ill due to bad chicken (?).
You can do a show without designers and producers; it is harder to bring one off without actors. With only an hour to go, Tommy, who is playing Horatio, has announced that he will not be appearing. He disappeared the night before, hasn't been seen since, and point-blank refuses to open his door. Noises have been erupting from his room, and they don't sound healthy.
A long queue is already shaking around the makeshift theatre our hosts, the National Theatre of Mexico, have thrown p for us, and we are an actor down. The whole company has that febrile uncertainty that precedes a hefty burst of illness, that distant roar you sense within your body before the tsunami hits.
Two nights ago, we had all sat together for a company meal high above the same square, eating the Mexican food, living the Mexican dream, and congratulating ourselves and each other for our all-round Mexican chillaxness. Now we are paying for it. Well, everyone who had the chicken is.Chillaxness.
A google search is fairly unhelpful.
Chillax: "chill out" and "relax."