I am an actress and writer. I trained at LAMDA, and have worked for over 30 years playing leading parts in theatre, film and television on both sides of the Atlantic. For the past 25 years, I have also been a student and teacher of mindfulness meditation. In 2010, I completed a three-year Buddhist meditation retreat. Because of the challenges and humour inherent in this strange and paradoxical journey, I was inspired to interweave three stories—my journey on tour with Peter O’Toole as an aspiring young actress, my later experiences in the long retreat, and my complex relationship with my mother. It has been delightful to see that the show resonates not only for theatre people and meditators, but for everyone who has a mother. This was my heartfelt aspiration and goal!