The standoff between me and the playback group continues in my mind.
They are not aware of it.
They believe I am still the same.
They believe I have accepted that it was my mistake to have worked with another theatre group.
I no longer want to work with the playback group.
They just cannot decide on what a person does in his/her spare time.
The act of me having worked with another group was termed as “contamination”.
Apparently, I got contaminated and now when I get back to the playback group, I am contaminating the others.
That seems so much like an underground cult.
Like one of those secret societies.
Besides, the coordinator who came up with this term himself has worked with some other rock bands. Isn’t that contamination? Why not?
Ladies and gentlemen, let me make one thing clear.
Playback theatre, as an art form, is wonderful.
Its one of the most beautiful ways of spreading happiness and cheer, driving a message, enabling people to think and learn.
Above all, playback theatre is all about sharing.
Sharing your joy, your sorrow, your fear, your guilt, your everything and coming out feeling refreshed.
It’s a pity that currently this art form is in the hands of people who don’t even realise its value.
It has worked wonders for me, and I would really like a lot of people to benefit from it.
I remember the early days when I used to go for my playback workshops.
Playback Member: So, How’s work?
Dhi Only One: Good, great, loving it.
Playback Member (shocked): How can you like your work? You are a software engineer damn it!
In effect, they would hate it if you told them that your life outside their forum was wonderful indeed.
They expected you to say that your life was boring and hectic.
And when you would say so, they would immediately jump to let you know that they love what they are doing. They are in love with life because their work is their passion which is of course “full-time theatre”.
Well, okay, I am glad that you are all in love with life and are pursuing your passion as a profession.
But why do you need to cling on to someone else’s hectic, boring life to prove that your life is indeed worth living?
Another problem that was cited out as a result of me having worked with another theatre group was that it would cause other playback members to lose their focus.
Why on earth would someone lose focus because of me doing something in my spare time?
I fail to understand this.
Are you insecure about what you are doing?
I am sure that people would do what they feel like doing best.
And if playback is something that they like doing, they will continue to do so irrespective of whether I am jumping fences in the neighbourhood or sipping coffee.
You ought to know that if your area of work is appealing enough, people will continue to be with you and give their best.
If by any chance I do decide to continue with the playback group, it would be for the sheer love and respect that I have for that art form.
Dhi Only One is indeed contaminated after this brief episode.