So, here we go with the first, of hopefully many, blogs from 'AndOn Theatre. And all seems to be well.
It's been so interesting for me to see our progression, even in the last few months. Of course, before that, there was no 'AndOn Theatre to speak of: just a bag of ideas and as many meetings as could be arranged with two busy schedules spread across Greater London. What we needed, to solidify what we had and push ourselves forward, was some kind of goal to aim for. We both wanted the pressure of having to produce theatre to a deadline; only then would we be sure to get ourselves moving. It's strange that even the most dedicated, motivated people still need that ticking clock to really kick them into action. And we found ours with Bits & Box and The International Youth Arts Festival.
IYAF is a fantastic starting opportunity for a young company. They're still relatively young themselves and yet are testament to dedication and commitment to the Arts and their own growth (both physically and verbally). In a time when Arts funding is being pruned like an unsightly shrub, it's festivals like this one which still give us 'little buds' a bit of hope for survival.
The other interesting thing to look back on is how much we've listened. Seemingly idle, we actually spent a lot of time in the run up to our company launch hearing what others had to say. We saw as much theatre together as we could and just observed and listened. Even when it seemed to be no good, there was still a lot to be said for anything we saw or anyone we talked to, and I think that's one of the most important things I've learned about starting and running a company -- all the knowledge is out there if you're willing to find it, listen to it and act upon (or against) it.
I could go on ('AndOn...) but I'll finish here. We're very excited about our work over the next few months, with some potentially fantastic opportunities (and an explosive first performance!) ahead of us. And we're dead excited. And we should be. And anyone put off by the risk of being pruned, or by the uphill struggle, shouldn't be: you know as well as I do that's it's worth it.
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