did several workshops with children aged ten to eighteen in Newcastle
and Manchester to prepare to write the show The Starting Line and realised some things
that would never have struck me without getting to chat to them, and do
some poetry and performance games around ideas of health and exercise.
starters, the show will not be mentioning the words "Health” and
"Exercise”. It’s about being active, enjoying what you do and feeling
good. I also won’t be demonising any foods. Chocolate is good, just not
all the time and you can find ways to burn it off. Incentives like
living longer are a bit long term, but showing young people why they’ll
find exams easier or be in a better mood if they eat a varied diet is
more likely to have an effect. It’s not as if I can be an aspirational
example of astounding physical and mental fitness. I’ve realised I do
have something to pass on though. My new enthusiasm for finding both
mental and physical activities to be enthusiastic about. I can feel my
neurons connecting up at this very moment...