Going for a run is not everybody’s ” thing “. There is always an excuse not to push ourselves out our comfot zone. Isn’t there?
Every time I see a ” runner ” I think , I wish I could do that.
Something, about the way they push themselves against the elements and personal adversity, really gets me.
Runners come in all shapes and sizes – from the leanest to the heavyweights , young to the old , there is a whole strata of the population ‘out there’ these days , pounding the pavement in the pursuit of physical salvation .
Take Joyce my neighbour…she’s always been ‘a runner’ she tells me – can’t live without it. I see her everyday and sometimes again at night, leaving the house , all weathers , geared up , iPod strapped to her arm , water bottle in hand and away she goes down the hill and off into her middle distance.
I envy Joyce , her runner’s mindset is so clear on this. This is who I am. This is what I do. This is what I love .
The thought of a run leaves me cold , walking Darcy our Cockapoo is my kind of run , my daily ritual , my lovely ramble.
Any Run is a chore eveventually; the school run or the exercise variety, they all come down to necessity , determination and stamina – in the end.
A longer Show Run is no less gruelling to endure.
Once the initial buzz of an Opening Show Week has passed, the actor is often left to find the drive , focus and mindset to keep his/ her performance excellence going themselves and at times the thought of “not bothering” is a constant threat to their inherent show success.
Why call a show-run , a “run” at all ? – well maybe because it just keeps going …and going and going …
The artistic run may seem full of performance peaks and troughs , difficult stage paths to negotiate and personal obstacles to avoid at all costs ;but in that most creative of journeys lies much success for those that keep on running it – that for us -“Keep The PACE”
People used to say : What does PACE stand for ?
And although when David founded the company back in 1988 – it then stood for Paisley Arts Centre Education; I like to think that over the years PACE has grown to mean something more expressive .
a faster creative step , a stronger artistic direction , a more resounding way forward.
To “Keep the PACE” is to run with purpose , to know that the direction you are heading in …will be worth all the blood, sweat and tears eventually.
Panto is one of PACE’s toughest directions to follow for this reason. It takes a lot of stamina and focus to stay on the right acting path and to follow the constant sign-posts for better performance.
Not everyone will run at an accelerated PACE through Beauty and the Beast this year , but for those that are reading this and getting the jist of my ” creative post point ” – I think you just might.
If …you remember why you started this run in the first place and see your future unfold before you.
So look to those that set the stage PACE here , they have been down this road so many times before , they ‘get’ the adventure. The professional actors , and those few “more than professional” youthful Spires Stars that are around in each team to light your way.
Their’s is a road less travelled – for real theatrical good.
Notes and “telling offs” will come and go , they are necessary to keep you right , because going off track here , will happen and when you least expect it. It might even leave you feeling lost and bewildered by what has happened to your usual stage delivery, for a while.
Those that run ahead of the pack as soon as they start, often meet a show hurdle early on , because they have already learned how to corner the track at speed – this ” hurdle ” appears there to encourage them to ” jump still higher ” – they just have to think more positively about this new set of challenging demands , to reign in and control their natural ability and channel running potential in other ways…
We all experience energy dips and down times during our performance – what good runner doesn’t ?
It’s what you take to combat this , that matters.
Filling yourself with insecurity and doubt won’t revive you enough to finish. You need to look for inspiration to feel revitalised.
Team Leaders are inspiring people if you watch and listen to them , deputes close on their acting heels , matching their strides now with more purposeful intent. 2 ready made performance tonics for “light” relief.
If you don’t keep PACE with your leaders you may fall behind. They stride out to give you the necessary distance to grow, and they will always be ahead , until you can set your PACE as one of them.
Reminds me of one of my favourite qoutes and something I am a great believer in , here in PACE – a statement I make to people all the time when they first cross over from Studio Time to STS stage work, in connection with making positive choices about their future success in PACE.
A director’s job may be to set the route for his actors to follow , but it is also to push his cast to run harder than they have ever performed before.
Not to encourage them to “jog along” for fear of getting put off by a few bumps along the way – where’s the satisfaction in that ? …everyone knows jogging takes more out of you and it’s slower by far.
I’m sad to see “My direction” end. Sad to leave this group of talented stage runners and to have to turn onto an unknown but still ” connected ” creative lane .
It still frustrates me to think you quite possibly may already be tired, one lap into this long run , perhaps have started to become unfocused or upset after even a few “coached” comments , or worse still have stopped for a social break with new team friends and forgot what you were right on course to win .
A director never loses sight of what the run should look like , even though they dont run along side you. Their last sight of the event is always the one that says freshest and fondest in their memory.
Blurrier now , but still for me the swirly , twirly , giggly , theatrical magic of it all …
Bodies in universal motion …sheer music to my artisic ears
And as Joyce listens to her ” music soundtrack for a great run ” – you will have to choose better “drama beats” to run to.
I want to get better…
I want to be stage smarter…
I want to connect the PACE dots…
I want to go , go go …there’s no stoppin’ me….
I don’t want to stop at all…
“Oh yes it is” – a good personal drama tune to see you through this Panto Season in festive style.
2015 is just around the bend – I can see your finish post now.
” Best Team, Best Sewer Kids , Best Townies , Best Rats !”
Something to aim for …even though it seems too far away to feel good about right now .
Maybe your November Panto scores will help.
Improving on personal drama bests renews anyone’s show focus; and even the marathoners amongst you need a future performance goal to aim for , to keep themselves “ahead” of the field .
I think everyone will be pleased to know that you all came in “on target” by show-up.
But will you keep your track record by show-down?
Something to mull over this ” run ” up to Christmas time.
Now , grab your stage Nikes , tick the Panto boxes and please, for PACE sake :
” JUST DO IT! ”
…and my oh my …there goes Joyce!