How long did it take you to get clothes? / What was the first thing you were given?
People started presenting us with things straight away. It was quite remarkable: we walked into the space, found a position and stood still, then there was a beat and immediately after a lady walked up to us and handed Penny a Japanese fan she had found in her hand bag. Quite soon after - within a few minutes - we were given clothing: someone from a band gave each of us one of their merchandise t-shirts; one comedian sitting on the lawn before his show rifled through his bag and found some clean underwear for Will; and two people went up to the shops and bought underwear for Kat and Penny. One of the first things someone gave us was sunscreen, which Penny said was a very Australian priority.
During the first 30 minutes there was an ABC TV news crew filming us, and a Radio National reporter interviewing us, so we were somewhat disoriented, and also filled with adrenaline after walking naked from the change rooms through the park and into our space.
We had advertised a postal address for the project so people from far away could get involved, and not long after we had begun a care package from a friend was handed to us that included a kimono (for Kat), a dress (for Penny) and some shorts (for Will).
Before the sun had set (we started at 6pm), we were clothed, and seated in a small group before one of the Fringe’s comediennes who performed her show for us that night, in our space, instead of inside her nearby tent.
Many of the people there for the beginning of Deliverance had not known anything about it, and had only happened to be sitting on the lawn nearby when we began. One such couple came and spoke with us soon after we started, then went away and came back a couple of hours later with a bag filled with canned beans, breakfast cereal, long-life milk, a blanket, and other essentials they had grabbed together from their house. Our dinner on the first night was either some Mexican food or big hamburgers brought from one of the nearby food stalls.
As we were getting ready for our first night’s sleep, it looked as though we wouldn’t have much in the way of bedding - a small mound of bean bags people had brought into our space from a nearby seating area; a blanket; and a wearable blanket - and then an acrobat we had met earlier in the day came and gave us his sleeping bag, which he said he no longer needed as he was leaving Adelaide that night.
[Deliverance at the Adelaide Fringe, March 2012]