Another visit to the Outside Edge Theatre Company, and another powerful and thought provoking performance, this time from One Day at a Time, in which Bill Wilson is played by Jay Benedict.
In our scene from the play the man known to millions of recovering alcoholics around the world simply as ‘Bill W’ is recalling the spiritual awakening that ultimately led him to co-found Alcoholics Anonymous and establish the 12 steps model.
The play explores the paradox at the heart of Alcoholics Anonymous - mutual self-help born of self-interest.
When Bill W first met with fellow alcoholic Bob Smith, his AA co-founder, he told him, “I’ve not come here for you, I’ve come here for me”, alcoholics who attend meetings do it for themselves but help others just by engaging, despite their self interest. But paying it back and paying it forward is what sustains the success of AA.
The Outside Edge Theatre Company is the only professional theatre company in the UK that provides theatre and drama work with people affected by addiction.
You can see more from the Outside Edge Theatre Company here, interviews with Phil Fox, David Charkham therapist and Outside Edge Board member and their Patron, Jimmy Page.