FOR PETE'S SAKE
Goodness. October already.
Well, season four has now been put to bed â€“ and Governor Morris and his rather dysfunctional staff team have boarded the last train to Farragut North and trundled off into political obscurity. It was sad to see all the red, white and blue bunting come down in the foyer, which has now returned to its usual purple state.
Our play for season five could not be further from the caustic rough and tumble of the American political landscape. Set in the Yorkshire area of northern England, The Kitchen Sink is a delightful, wistful look at the changing fortunes of one local family, and the strength of the bonds between them that will move them toward an uncertain future. As our website eloquently puts it, itâ€™s â€œan irresistibly funny and tender play about big dreams and small changesâ€.
As many of you will be aware, Iâ€™m going to be making an on-stage appearance in this production. Our Director, the talented Lois Collinder has entrusted me with the role of Martin â€“ an ageing milkman with a clapped out milk van and a diminishing customer base. Iâ€™m really looking forward to re-engaging with the acting process (how DO you learn all those lines?).
Many people ask whether I prefer acting or directing. Itâ€™s not an easy question to answer â€“ theyâ€™re not easy things to compare.
When directing, I love the rehearsal process â€“ having the opportunity to workshop bits of the script with talented people, and to contribute to the building of a consistent, polished whole. The painful bit for me when directing is once the show is in performance (and especially opening night). Yes, you can take some pride in what youâ€™ve contributed to, but the wonderful sense of control you had during the rehearsal period has now totally been taken from you. Your success now lies in the hands of others â€“ and you just have to trust that theyâ€™ll make you look good â€“ which they generally do.
When acting, I love the thrill of performance. Thereâ€™s an unpredictability that separates live theatre from doing TV or film. If it stuffs up, you and your cast mates need to be able to get it back on track. But when you get it right, and at the end of the night if you feel like the audience has come on a journey with you, thereâ€™s a tremendous satisfaction to it.
So which do I prefer? Both. Or neither. Not sure. Iâ€™ll let you know after the show! Make sure you stick around afterwards and say hi.
See you in the foyer!