Fabian is not one of this play’s great characters. He’s often cut, or merged with Feste. However, Shakespeare did give him a famously obscure line, “Sowter will cry upon’t for all this, though it be as rank as a fox”, which is an eternal challenge. I can’t remember what I did with it. Whatever it was, my colleagues doubtless looked perplexedly at each other when I delivered it. Hardly any other response is possible.
The kindly director, Chris Hayes, asked me to write the music for the play’s beautiful lyrics. I probably provided other incidental music but I don’t know where any of that got to. The song settings I kept. They mean something special to me, for some reason.