Camden People's Theatre have released details of their Spring programme and there is lots to look forward to on their programme and I am so excited to be part of it with The Promised Land in April! Wooohooo! It's so nice to be able to finally talk about it!
Scott Swinton will be joining me for The Promised Land. We will lengthen the show from 35 minutes to an hour! So it will be wonderful to do some more writing and add more detail. I've had lots of lovely feedback from Dare Festival audience and you asked for more songs and more trauma! OK, then..
Until then, check out the ticket website here and let me know if you have any fantastic fundraising ideas! :-)
Thanks to ClickskaPhotographer for capturing the show so wonderfully in the images below.
It is the same every time..you've been working on a show for, possibly months, and towards the end it gets really INTENSIVE. There are more rehearsals and meetings and even when you are not rehearsing you are sorting costume and sorting your arrangements for the busy performance days. The show literally..
The other cast members or members of the team have become more like family, in fact, you are spending so much time with them that you start to notice their annoying habits as well as their good ones. In those days leading up to a performance, especially with larger casts, things can get fractious but even when this happens there is still a sense of solidarity as we are all in this together and the show must go on...
Before you know it, its the day of the performance and you are high running on an intoxicating combination of nerves and adrenaline. You are
in the zone
and even the most annoying cast members with their bizarre dressing room rituals, which can range from some form of tai chi to yodelling (and sometimes a combination of both!) cannot and will not put you off.
Once the performance is over you can ride high a little longer with after show drinks or possibly a last night party and maybe you are feeling very slightly relieved and that combined with alcohol is doing wonders for your mood. So you have a great time with your long suffering loyal supporters and you make joyful tipsy plans into the wee hours about further
The next morning you wake up and you are too exhausted to be sad but very soon it's Monday morning and you suddenly realize you have to face the week ahead without any scheduled rehearsals and no shows at all.
Yeah, the blues are back and when we say blues, what we mean is a sadness that invades our life for a little while. A sadness that things have come to an end and a sense of missing those people who we saw more often than our own family, for a short time anyway. The point is we go from such intensity of rehearsals, tech, dress and then the performance days and then, well sometimes,
N O T H I N G
We talk about post show blues and kind of laugh it off as something inconsequential but it is something that as a performer you have to learn to deal with. For performers with mental health conditions, the highs and lows of an artist's life may need more careful consideration and support.
In 2013 I made a show with 40 volunteer performers from the Olympic and Paralympic games. It was a massive show and was performed at The Place in January 2014, as part of Resolution festival.
4 Olympic/Paralympic ceremonies.
Housewives, teachers, bankers, became drummers, dancers,
nurses, and workers of the Industrial Revolution.
40 ceremonies performers explore how they live on, now 2012 is over.
The Legacy was basically a show about post show blues on mass; as it was about how the volunteer performers felt after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games finished. Despite the joyous experience and community it was celebrating, it was a really somber show until the final closing moments.
For me, there was a beauty in exploring that dark place that exists when things come to an end and looking at what the experience leaves behind and what 2012's legacy was to the performers.
Tips for dealing with Post Show Blues
Despite always feeling that you will never work again, before you know it, the next theatrical experience is upon you and the cycle is about to begin all over again!!
Do comment below and let us know about your post show blues experiences. I would love to write more on this subject in future so do get in touch.
Some great books about dealing with the life of an actor/performer.
Work: The Promised Land (2018), Mr President (2018), Voodoo Child (2017), The Last Dance on Earth (2016), Baby (2016), The Legacy (2014) and She Walks in Beauty (2011). Performance maker and teacher.