Today I watched as our senior theatre troupe, the Silver Streaks, did an Italian run through of a show we are currently working on. They all sat at a round table and said their lines to the best of their memories. I often do this to gauge where my actors are at with the memorisation of lines. For the most part, I was more pleased than they were. There were many interruptions throughout the process, not from lack of memory but from laughter. Words being mixed up, actors wanting to say a certain line when it wasn't time, and the sound of first attempts at using accents continually erupted the group into a fit of laughter. By the end of our rehearsal the smiles were bright and there was such a lightness in the air. I must admit, when I first got to the rehearsal, I was tired and had much on my mind with other cares. Two hours later I felt refreshed and renewed. Laughter, they say it's the best medicine and although I'm not fond of taking medications I will take a dose of laughter any day.