Hello, you lovely thing. How’s this week treating you so far?
Firstly, I should apologise for the fact that I might not have time to blog every day for the next few weeks. I’ve just started working on a kids’ show in Greenwich, and I will essentially be eating, sleeping and breathing children’s theatre for a while. I will do my best to keep up with you lovely people, but please do bear with me if I don’t quite manage it.
Today’s blog is (predictably) a theatre-based list of stuff that happens to everyone when they start working on a new show, particularly in a front of house capacity:
1) You work out very quickly who is going to make you laugh during the nightmare shifts – look out for the people who tend to mutter witticisms under their breath during briefings and people who are good at pulling silly faces.
2) You remember how much fun it is to use radios – you’re basically getting paid to play with walkie talkies.
3) You make a new best friend – in my case, one of my fellow supervisors has already “claimed” me as his latest fag hag. I feel so honoured.
4) You end up working with someone you already know – I love this about theatre. Nine times out of ten, we end up reconnecting with a friend or ex-colleague in a wholly unexpected context, and that really helps us to relax into new working situations.
5) You find a fittie – don’t look at me like that. Everyone does this. We’re not proud of it, but we all like to work out as early as possible whether there’s going to be anyone in our team who is nice to look at. Just look at, mind. We’re professionals, after all.
6) You know the show off by heart within two shifts.
7) You are insanely bored of the show within three shifts.
8) You passionately hate the show within three and a half shifts.
9) You find and immediately set up camp in the nearest decent pub.
10) Cheesy as it sounds, you fall in love with theatre all over again.
Right, I’m off to Greenwich to bring joy to hundreds of children. You have yourself the most enjoyable Thursday of every Thursday ever.