The week sparks off in rehearsals for Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy which I’ve adapted for stage at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, and it feels good. Over the next 3 days I watch actors do what they do best. It is a privilege to be here but I want to disappear. I’m afraid of getting in the way of the process – I want to be invisible. Welcome to my world. On Wednesday I record a one hour interview on BBC Leeds. It’s called One on One. Very enjoyable. Thursday I’m in Preston to launch Preston Panorama Project for which I have written a poem “Who Were You On The Day I Shot You?”. It’s on a wall of the Lancashire Museum with the panoramic photographs. The panorama’s are taken by Jan Chlebik and project managed by Dovetail. I step into the gallery and we immediately start filming for BBC North West Tonight. Come the evening and the museum is packed with the people of Preston. I stay in Manchester that night. I wake 8am on Friday Morning. I am stood at Piccadilly gardens waiting for a tram and there’s a bomb scare. I watch through the window as police evacuate citizens and the tram groans away. It was the last tram to leave. I get to Media City on time (to the minute) and record an interview with Sam Walker on BBC radio but the Bomb Scare story unfolds and cuts the interview sh-ort. I get back to the fair city – everything has been cleaned up – where I meet two very good friends – film maker (Paul Sapin) and actor (Yusra Warsama) and then home. But most inspiring is a man who contacted me.
(Photos: 1. Refugee Boy poster 2. Director Gail McIntyre 3. BBC Leeds Martin Kelner 4. Lancashire Museum Preston launch 4. Who Were You On The Day I Shot You? 5. BBC Manchester Sam Walker.