Xiuying, chinese herbalist, was so taken aback by the ridges appearing in my tongue when I was performing Giselle's "Mad Scene", she felt she must send for Mr Yong and get a second opinion.
'What is it your job, please?' she had asked, once I was lying still and not rustling the paper sheet on the cot. 'And give me your wrist fully.'
I told her, 'I'm a character actor with ballet skills.'
'And what are you performing just now? Sad, distressed character?'