- Henry Ford
I quite like that quote. 'And I feel a little like we've had a little bit of that success, and I can see the potential for a little more somewhere along the line, if we're lucky. But possibly not. I'm not sure I realised how insecure I was about my own creativity, my own work, until we began to perform Bits & Box for the first time. Ray'll tell you that I still feel like it's rubbish now, sometimes. I get preoccupied with the 'success' stuff.
But that isn't really what it's about, this theatre lark. It's more about the successes of working together. Most actors (perhaps more so with actors of devised work) will have reams and reams of stories to tell of their rehearsal journeys and their relationships with the other members of the company. 'And that's the good stuff. That's what makes the space for the magic to happen.
We're about to begin the initial research and development on our second show, and I'm definitely apprehensive about that. Show number one hasn't gone down too badly, really. We had a cracking few months performing here and there, and people seemed to enjoy themselves. Now we have to try and match that, or top that, or blow everybody away with something completely different, which, in truth, we have no idea how to achieve.
But this is my point. We've had the success of working together; it was a really positive experience creating a new piece of theatre, never mind the performances and the reviews and the post-show discussions. 'And that is just what we needed to have under our belts at this second threshold. We don't have the details worked out, we don't have the storyline, we don't have our 'style', or even our method of finding one, but we have (as Peter Brook would have it) an empty space, and we have us, to walk across it, and we have the certainty of plenty more stories to tell and fun to have. 'And while we hope we do have some more of that conventional success from this new slice of theatre, I know I'm going to try not to miss out on the successes along the way.
Stay posted :)