Hello, lovely reader. How’s everything with you?
I must apologise for my prolonged absence – this is about 20% due to a bit of a confidence crisis, 10% due to laziness and 70% due to being completely brain-swamped by Tumbling After, the fabulously physical show that I’m taking to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with RedBellyBlack Productions.
It’s a gorgeous show that combines all kinds of ideas and disciplines, but as a devised piece it’s been an enormous (and welcome) challenge. Everyone’s journey from page to stage is different, and the great thing about the Fringe is that you can take almost any performance genre imaginable up there and find a receptive audience. Comedy, theatre, spoken word and performance art (and every other sub-genre and hybrid of those) show up on the Fringe programme every year. Isn’t it amazing that the arts hold so much variety and such a wide range of skills? (I’M TALKING TO YOU, CAMERON, YOU UNCULTURED SWINE.)
Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, one thing I’ve noticed about getting ready for the Fringe this year is that, no matter which genre or sub-heading you’ve picked for your show, you go through a lot of the same stages:
Realising that your show idea is actually pretty darn good
Realising how much work this great idea is going to need
Refusing to acknowledge the huge amount of stress on the horizon
Getting into the swing of it
The first time you really and truly force yourself to look at the budget
The second, third and fourth time you look at the budget
The amazing moment when you can see how it’s all going to work
When the first cast/production team member cracks up
When it’s YOUR turn to crack up
Realising that you’ve only got a few weeks left
Still knowing, even after all the stress, that your show really is a great idea.
If you’d like to know more about Tumbling After and the magical mischief we’re getting up to, search #TumblingAfter on Twitter – there are lots of ridiculous photos and short videos to enjoy.
Have a cracking Wednesday!