…There are shifts you feel
Somewhere under your rib cage
Somewhere just left of your heart
Like something changes
And it will happen plenty times over the years
Even I know that
It’s like a breathlessness
Yeah, it’s best described as a breathlessness…
An extract from the closing lines of Stef Smith’s Remote.
A beautiful play…I’m sure you would agree , this is a beautifully touching play that doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is : a play about thinking, a play about change , a play about the future even?
Tonight will see the final “Home Performance” of Remote.
7 short weeks , filled with some of the most emotional, challenging and dramatically confusing creative work, I’ve been part of in PACE , for the longest time.
The end of any play run is sad , but the end of “Remote” here in PACE is still so positive. Because in this cast is a ray of hope for all of you , to follow; not just for this cast’s freer delivery , but for their passion for the acted truth of what they do.
I never like to compare projects in a negative way, but in this instance I have to say this is a project to really ” look up to” – the kind of show that should leave you feeling a little green with envy , but for the right reasons.
So you didn’t get to be in it…but maybe with a better focus now , a more honest mindset ….you can be part of what comes next!
Change happens when you least expect it …this cast of NTC 15 realise that now , and when the coin dropped for them is anyone’s guess…?
It doesn’t matter …because they finally saw the ” light “.
Perspective after all , is everything…
You have to take a step back sometimes to see the bigger picture …you maybe stepped back when you moved round the theatre space and looked at PACE youth with different eyes, perhaps thought that some where along the line , you had just lost sight of the very thing that lead you here in the first place?
It’s easy to get sidetracked , to get lost in a crowd anywhere. Only when you are singled out and made to face the truth of what you have let yourself become, do you realise how apathy can sneak up on you and rob of your inner potential.
If anything ,the one thing this cast have got from this year’s National Theatre Connections experience is that they are once again:
And that is the truly the greatest gift you can get from any PACE ” show”.
It’s not about the praise. Praise only means something when it comes at you for the most unexpected faces.
It’s not about the status . Status is a transitory state, even FB tells us that!
It’s not about the popularity either, there’s no place for being popular in the ” real ” and ” better ” drama space.
Being tough with each other comes with the creative territory, the best drama friendships are forged , when you are able to tell the truth and not hide behind the lie. To know that being what seems apparently ‘cruel’ can sometimes be ‘drama kind’.
It’s not even about what comes next for this show. If LYCEUM is our final stage then LYCEUM will be another notch on our Tree to climb higher with. To reach the next branch…
We are about CHANGE now , we are about the year 15UP.
Nothing else matters to us, not any more.
If you were lucky and saw this play over the 3 nights it performed here and were affected in some way by what you were part of , then let your thoughts matter below .
LEAF A COMMENT !
Not because you think you have to
Not because your worried if you don’t you’ll be ” excluded”
Not because you always just do
Leave a comment because you want to , because you want to matter too. Because for once you are standing up for what is important to you. Because this play affected you and in some small way …changed you.
It doesn’t matter who you are or how insignificant you feel here in PACE , it doesn’t matter what others think of you for doing it …it just really matters now to me , to all of us remotely connected:
” that you care ”
Apathy will make nothing of us all if we let it in ..if we let it make its’ home here in PACE with us.
We’ve got to believe in something better. Something ” bigger”.
Otherwise it’s pointless trying.
Might as well switch on , plug in and shut up.
Dark or light
Stay or change
The choice is ” forever ” up to You.