The Roles We Play At Work

“During one of the matinee performances she was in top feline form when she heard a whining sound coming from the audience. It sounded like someone crying. Try as she might have to ignore it, she had to stop her performance, walk to the edge of the stage and ask the perpetrator to be quiet.”

To paraphrase Shakespeare, “Work is but a stage and we are merely players.” In my case this is not just a metaphor. I am in the theatre business, so this story involves an actress called Elizabeth Ashby. Many years ago she won the lead role in the Broadway play, Tennessee Williams, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. She played the love-starved Maggie who moved through life like a hungry cat. To prepare herself for the role Ashby went to the streets of New York City to study alley-cat behaviours. She imitated the way they moved—the way they pounced when confronted, and her belief in this won her a coveted Tony award.

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Besides being a humourist, Deborah Kimmett is a motivational speaker who inspires groups with presentations through her company, Wit with Wisdom. She is also an author and a regular performer on CBC Radio.


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