The Theatre is the One Place They Told Me to be Bigger . . .
by Holly Gallagher (Australia)
Audio: "The Theatre is the One Place They Told Me to be Bigger . . ." read by Holly Gallagher
It was side of stage I stood, counting breaths, readying for the lights to fade and come up again, as surely as the sun would rise and set,
readying for my entrance
when a tall, shadowy figure leaned down to me and whispered,
“I want you to take up as much space as possible”
I quivered as I walked on stage,
suddenly conscious of all the eager eyes before me,
hungering for the next act
I felt a sudden edge—lump in my throat
I swallowed. Hard.
And I spoke
The dialogue falling out of me like music,
The play is called a play because it is the player, while actors are the instruments
through which these emotionally penetrative tunes are plucked, strummed, and reverberated
The edge I had felt was not anxiety but the sharp realisation that I had stepped into an orchestra beyond myself or much my understanding,
where I acted as a vessel for beauty to pass through,
delicately, or sometimes harshly, weaving itself into the hearts of others who let it;
not an object of beauty itself.
And through this I found to love myself
To love this moment of true connection;
actor to audience,
human to human
Where we are not falsely trying to prove ourselves by starving,
withering away in acts of deception,
Refusing to let ourselves grow, feel, blossom
for fear of infringing on someone else
for fear of imposing our bigness.
Holly Gallagher, age 16, is an aspiring writer, actor, and musician from Sydney, Australia. This piece was written about her love of theatre and performing, but hopefully will resonate with anyone who has a strong passion for something they do.
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3/15/23, 5:10 PM
I am seeing all of your comments, and BLESS YOU ALL, thank you so much for wishing me well on this journey, your kind words will certainly help me get there! ❤️❤️
Here's my linkedin, just in case:
I hope I can do that lol
3/13/23, 3:01 AM
3/10/23, 6:30 PM
You write beautifully and with so much passion. Wonderful writing Taieba,
2/28/23, 3:57 PM
"I am trying to tell you wish I were a boy
but you mis-trans-late the words and hear
wish I were less of a girl." This is my favourite statement from here! A trans-formative piece :)
2/28/23, 5:26 AM
What a wonderful piece of writing! I cannot wait to see how you will change the world for the better with your words! I am proud of you and am even prouder to call you my friend!
2/27/23, 11:43 PM
Fun to read, causing me to want to make one of these creations and the devour the result. Sophia, thanks for sharing your creativity with us
Lilies and Peonies
2/27/23, 7:00 PM
Wow, you have been through so much. What a terrible time to be living through, so many lives broken, lost, or insecure because of the war. I'm praying for you that God would protect you and your family, and that he would keep you until the war ends.
2/27/23, 4:58 PM
Sophia is my granddaughter and I am very, very proud of her and her writings. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of her written words in the future!
2/24/23, 7:41 PM
How do I add a poem? <3
2/21/23, 6:39 AM
Amazing writing here. I love the force this piece gives. You write so creatively.
2/21/23, 6:37 AM
Congratulations on getting published!
2/20/23, 10:55 PM
This is IT!