Theatre maestros Fuel’s monthly podcasts by selected theatre artists continues with actor Toby Jones and his piece Waiting… for the inevitable.
Jones says: “I had an idea that I only realise that I am waiting when the voice in my head becomes a narrator…or that ” living ” only becomes ” waiting” when you start telling your life as a story shaped by events. I tried explaining this idea to Peter Giese. He shut his eyes and listened very carefully and patiently…..He’d never given “waiting” much thought he said. He pondered my idea and talked to me about memory, how we use memory to predict and manage the future. I talked to him about the failures of my memory. As I get older everything starts to become harder to remember because it’s more predictable. Predicting future events makes them more manageable, less memorable, more probable and less threatening….Peter shut his eyes again, smiled and explained the German word vorfreude ( “pre-joy). Then we agreed that maybe…the act of anticipation somehow reduces our ability to manufacture memory…. Then I spent a week wandering around my flat unable to write anything. And then I wrote this.”
Waiting… for the inevitable is the latest episode of Fuel’s While You Wait series, which comprises related podcasts inspired by the idea of waiting. Whether you view waiting as valuable thinking time, a welcome lull in the day-to-day frenzy, or a complete and unforgivable waste of our most precious commodity – time – there will be something in While You Wait that will challenge your thinking on every hiatus.
Take a listen below to Toby Jones’ Waiting… for the inevitable.