The nerves I felt before were overridden with excitement, I guess because it’s been such a while since I’ve performed I was more excited to get on with it rather than nervous.
It all went so well, we had so many laughs at so many unexpected moments. There were lots of bits improvised that weren’t thought of in rehearsals, but once infront of an audience and feeling the energy it felt perfect.
Nothing could beat the feeling I felt once we finished both shows and took our bows and everyone clapped. I was left full of adrenaline for quite a while and I was shaking with happiness. It’s like I was suddenly dancing with the stars and I felt so alive. I can’t really explain it, apart from knowing I was answering my calling.
Since then we’ve began touring in Northern Germany. I finally feel like I’m proud of myself and I’m remembering to measure all my small successes.
Small successes such as making an audience laugh lots this morning…and knowing that this is the first piece of live theatre for a lot of these children.
One thing I’m realising is how endearing and adorable six year olds can be.
After the show yesterday the children queued up for our autographs on little cards they had prepared for us.
A little blonde girl walked up with a grin on her face, however no piece of paper for me to write on. She then brushed her fringe out the way and handed me a green felt tip pen and pointed to her forehead. I said ink isn’t very good to skin so I couldn’t sign her forehead, unfortunately she then threw a tantrum and started crying.
However, they’re so sweet! Another child told me I had a really pretty voice and the other actor was really sweaty…
There’s a scene in the play where I look out ‘at Sea’ through a telescope and the children are just amazed, they start waving back at me and get excited.
After a performance I was carrying parts of the set from the stage to load the van and a group of girls were following me back and forth.
‘Monica (my character) do you have a boyfriend?’
‘Monica what is your favourite colour?’
‘Monica do you like cats or dogs?’
‘Monica do you like Germans?’
‘Monica, do you like unicorns?’
‘Monica, how old are you?’- The question that gets the biggest reaction I’ve come to find.
One of the girls came and stood beside me, just to identify how much taller she was at a fraction of my age.
I’m loving everything so far and I’m trying to remind myself how lucky I am to be doing this.
(Especially needed when we have 5am starts!)
6 shows out of 148 done! I’m sitting playing scrabble with a lovely bottle of €2 red wine and couldn’t be any more content.