So… here I am… finally alive again… Both Show’s are up and running healthily had a bit of a shaky start but they seem to be on their way now, The strangest of things happened last night, I was talking to a… well i wouldnt call her a friend as I don’t know her nearly well enough yet, an acquaintence of mine, someone I worked on a show about 10 months ago (the one on the boat if you remember it) And we were talking about this and that and Kath was telling me that she had just been working on Great expectations so I assumed that it was the same one Sheena was working on and said “oh you must know Sheena then” anyway it transpired that it was not the same Great Expectations (who knew that 2 youth groups would be doing the same show at the same time… anyway) but Sheena is going to be working with Kath in a little while on some other project BUT since she lost her phone a few weeks ago, wasn’t able to get in touch with her so I gave her Sheena’s number and then sang her praises for about half an hour! I hope it all works out ok….
Anyway that was the strange (its a small world) story. So there is this book that im reading at the moment “True and False” By David Mamet. It’s a fantastic book and basically Georg would love it because its completely on his side of the argument about the point of theatre and not on mine, and i want to quote the whole book but I’ll stick to one line (its a long one)
“The actor is onstage to comunicate the play to the audience. That is the beginning and the end of his and her job. To do so the actor needs a strong voice, superb diction, a supple, well proportioned body, and a rudimentary understanding of the play. The actor does not need to ‘become’ the character. The phrase, in fact, has no meaning. There is no character. There are only lines upon a page. There are lines of dialogue meant to be said by the actor. When he or she says them simple, in an attempt to achieve an object more of less like that suggested by the author, the audience sees and illusion of a character upon the stage.”
I kind of liked it… I hope you do too.
I had a really strange moment yesterday… I can tell you both because you know me well enough to just laugh at me. It was the interval of Oliver Twist and there is a bar and a tea & Coffee stand, I was at the latter, and i got chatting to the girl behind the counter as we have seen eachother a few days in a row now and its rude to go on without talking, she’s a very sweet girl quite attractive (I don’t remember her name) And after chatting for a little bit I thought to myself “hmmm… here’s an interesting intelligent attractive girl who appreciates theatre and seems to like you” So I asked her out on a date, she accepted and after chatting a bit more I went back to see the second act. During the second act the tea and coffee position packs up and leaves so she wasnt there when i got out of the second act (that needs to be said to show that I was not ignoring her she just wasn’t there at the end as is the way the theatre works) anyway so I was sitting on the train on the way back with Nick and Joel and they said “we noticed you were chatting with that girl at the refreshments stand” and I said yeah, I’m taking her out next week, they congratulated me on it and we chatted about something else “About 2 minutes later (on the same train) It struck me that I REALLY DONT want to go on a date… I don’t have the time, the money or patience, I don’t want a girlfriend or infact a fling! I told Nick and Joel this and they asked me why I asked her out then… my answer “because I was bored”. . . I thought it was funny, although it means im going to see her this evening at the theatre and that’ll be a bit awkward or me not for her… I dunno maybe I’ll change my mind but I thought to myself last night “God how bored must have I been??” Anyway thats a funny story… But the funniest thing is that she’s someone I would otherwise consider dating and if I had asked her out and actually cared about the answer and gotten a yes I would be over the moon… Strange strange strange…
Anyway that’s the stangnancy of me at the moment, the Stagnancy of Georg is that he is calling people building stands and having conversations with NOT Hog operators (I hope that conversation went well by the way). And Hans seems to have disappeared into the depths of Paradisio. Dante would be touched. OH and I finally had a whiskey the other day, someone else drove me to a party so I indulged… lucky I had more than soup for lunch eh?