Sunday, 25 March 2012

And done

Finished well. 

A good audience to end with - appreciative and prepared to laugh, which always helps.

Just got to collect the garden furniture this morning and then that's it.  All done.

Still feel slightly ambivilent about my own performance, but I've seldom felt better prepared for a show. 

I've enjoyed Maria a lot.  She's poisonous fun to play and in the course of the run, developed a kind of demented high-speed waddle on and off stage which I hadn't anticipated.  It's been a really good cast to work with as well, packed with talented people.

I won't miss it, but I will enjoy the memory.

The business of not missing a part or a play is important.  I spent far too many years being devastated by the ends of shows and finally schooled myself to let go.  This, I may add, was a huge improvement on the month- long grieving period I used to find myself indulging in.  Now I can put it down at once, smile or wince at the memories and move on.

A situation which makes me considerably easier to live with post-show.


  1. Congratulations on a job well done! I wonder, do you ever get someone to record an evening's performance for posterity? I know your feeling when it's all done and dusted - I'd magine it to be something's similar to the disbanding of a good rpg group; all the different personalities going their separate ways, no more high jinks, or drama (no pun intended). But hopefully, at the very least you will have some photos to look back on.

    So once again, congratulations on a waddle well done :)

  2. We don't usually record because of copyright issues in the theatre, but there should be some photos eventually. Which I will probably be vain enough to post here :)

    You're quite right - it does feel like the natural end of a good rpg group. Most of us will probably end up in shows together again, playing utterly different people, so the comparison is pretty exact.

  3. As a member of your final audience, I have to say that it was a fantastic evening, with outstanding performances from everyone - truly wonderful!

    The only thing that I kept thinking was ... I'm sure I've worn Sir Toby's costume!

    1. I was told you were there, but missed you - well, you know how blind I am :D So glad you enjoyed it. When do you think you wore Sir Toby's outfit? It's perfectly possible of course.

    2. I wore it as Luiz in Gondoliers, and my Cassilda wore Olivia's green and cream dress! I thought it was a bit familiar!

      As for our location, it was the front row - I'm glad I didn't distract you (as I had one of my D&D t-shirts on!!!)

      Fabulous production - hearty contratulations to everyone!

  4. Congratulations!

    Your comment about growing too attached to your shows is interesting. A recurring discussion in gaming is whether or not the player characters should have plot immunity/get out of death free poins/what-have-you, because the players don't want their characters' exploits to end on a bad die roll.

    As a gamer who greatly favors let-the-dice-fall-where-they-may/no such thing as plot immunity, I think that ability to "smile or wince . . . and move on" is one that I've developed with respect to roleplaying games.

    I think I may do a blog post about this in the near future, and I hope you don't mind if I reference this, Amanda.

    1. Please feel free - I'd be honoured.

      The more I write on this blog, the more the parallels with drama and rpgs develop.