Reportedly T S Eliot carried a pocket version of Dante around, and although he could not understand Italian explained that he simply listened to the music of the words. Audrey Lee's performance is her own response to the music of Eliot's words in The Waste Land. Written one hundred years ago this year, at a time when Eliot was experiencing personal depression, there is much in its portrayal of failure, aridity and fear that can be seen in our modern world. The musical sounds of Robert Lee's composition enhance the words wonderfully well, especially on the one uplifting passage "who is the third who walks always beside you?"Audrey is an old lady now, determined to defeat the advancing years, and Robert Lee is her son. She has lived with the poem since its first performance over twenty years ago and is delighted to bring it to an audience again.