I have written previously in this blog about the courage of the actors-in-training working on this production. The emotional risk it takes to speak out - especially when you are used to never being heard.
So when the director Terry said in the rehearsals "Keep an eye on the mother in this scene," I knew what was coming, and what my answer had to be.
I really wanted to say no. It would have been much easier to stay as an observer who joined in now and again. It's safer and I've had a lot of practise at hiding. But as soon as Terry said "Would you like to play the mother?," and the rest of the cast looked on, I knew that this was not the time for retreat.