I've not posted a new blog in a while (too long, if I'm honest), so I've had more than enough time to muse over what to write about. With our crazy festival-filled summer behind us, now is a great time to reflect on our successes and our failures, and also on what might be to come for us in the next few months. We're at the start of change; a new season, yet I don't think our season-ing should be changing just yet (-- seeing the link??)
With two shows under our belt, we've (with any luck) proven that we're keen to develop new and exciting pieces of work for different audiences, ages and genres. I'm not sure anyone could predict our next few projects (even us, ha!). 'And that's how it should be, I think. Theatre should, among dozens of other things, keep you on your toes. Theatre practitioners have so many tools at their disposal, so many mediums and approaches to test out, so there really is no excuse for churning our show after show around the same style or themes. Keep it creative, keep it innovative, eh?
So, the seasoning thing. Just go with me. Ray and I have managed to function as a touring theatre company for a little under two years now without another pair of hands, either creatively or administratively. Many people keep posing the questions: when are you getting someone else on board? You'll not just carry on the two on you, will you? In fact it happens so often these days, I spent the summer thinking of who and when we might recruit our third member. Thinking about it a little more, though, I think we need to be careful not to make such drastic changes too soon, and not to force something that seems 'the natural course of action'. We like us. We have everything we need for now. We're salt 'n' pepper. Flavour and spice. 'And we're still pretty freshly ground, I'd say. Of course, herbs and spices are beautiful things, and we have no doubt we'll have need of them before long, but let's not wish ourselves to own the whole spice rack before we need it, and before we've earn it!
I'm hoping this random little metaphor makes some kind of sense, but to put it plainly, I just think we're happy with the tools that we have. As we turn into the new season, the next chapter of 'AndOn Theatre, we need to hold onto what we've discovered about ourselves and our process, and harness that as we launch into our forthcoming work. Our innovation, of course, needs to keep us fresh and keep us flavorsome, but let's be experts in little, rather than floundering in the big-leagues before we're ready. There's plenty of time for all that, and believe me we'll run at it when that time comes.
I'm inordinately excited as we face two new projects in the coming months, and literally can't wait to see what people think of our next concoction. We love theatre, and we're so blessed that we get to make it. It's just salt 'n' pepper for now, but we're hoping you'll see how a simple dish can still stun even the most seasoned palettes.