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Where was I when Thatcher resigned? On this day in 1990.

November 22, 2016



Apparently everyone can come up with a distinct recollection of when and where they were when Thatcher announced she was stepping down.

Well, on that day in November 1990…. I was in the Porter’s Lodge of Queen’s College Cambridge – looking for details of where we were to be having a scheduled rehearsal for a production of Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros.

I have a sort of memory of that rehearsal being cut short when we accidentally set fire to some curtains.  Or maybe we didn’t set fire to the curtain – maybe we just nearly set fire to the curtains.  But in a very Proustian olfactory sense, the memory of Thatcher’s departure is somehow bound up with the whiff of scorched felt.  These were tough rehearsals in some ways because Ionesco’s dialogue  is harder to memorise than almost any other dramatist’s.  Since he wrote almost exclusively in non-sequitur’s your “cue”…

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