Emails now safely dispatched to all ” dramanauts “, we launch forth into our Endeavour.
Endeavour means harder work and maybe doing it against the artistic odds.
A title to fit all eventualities?
No one is entirely perfect for this PACE ideal. Perfect is never ideal in any life situation. But we can surely come as close to it as we want?
So what do I want ?
Well commitment is a definite , let’s clarify that for the currently work-study stressed…committment to the idea of becoming excellent at what you do here.
Comittment isn’t just about turning up at the Endeavour sessions , nor is it simply about the hours you appear to put in. The making it on time of everything…
It’s more than that, it’s mindset.
It’s making the decision to not be like everyone else in your approach; it’s changing because you want to , not because you think you have to.
It’s really as simple as thinking “this is going to be really good for me one day , one way”
I’ve taken a chance on most of you ; on paper you are less strong. But round pegs don’t always fit square page holes do they ?
If I didn’t think it might make a difference to you , I probably wouldn’t have added your name to this email list.
So now we have got by ” the entry word” …let’s find another saying , to replace it…
And so how about back to – ENDEAVOUR?
We have to start somewhere …so that means we are starting on Friday.
“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps on its petty pace…from day to day .”
The “Big Mac” qoutes it right and by any other play that’s exactly 9 weeks till our meatier showcase.
Now say it like that and a huge sigh of Scottish relief ensues. Considering NTC took 6 and PANTO much the timely same.
I suppose it’s down to what happens in between start to end ?
For some now a repeat show , exams and/ or school . For others maybe just school and teenage life.
If I built everything round the school word , we’d never do anything , so we have to work productively within the time we have got.
Less can be more , when the mindset is right
Slugs and Ginger Beer Bottles proving just that very case !
Actors make things hard for themselves when they are unable to change, when they get “squarely stuck” in rounder holes
Round holes seem to keep growing outwards , square holes have set walls.
Maybe I’ve lost some of you by now…mhairi-lateral creative thinking and all…but that doesn’t matter , a few will get my tangential drift, so everything is worth the waffle.
But to be succinct in a now ” cochranesque” likeness. I’ll say this:
“Work with me to make this happen.”
Come Friday , be only , with a positive attitude , that this will happen , with you, not without your part in it.
Everyone is here for a reason. Everyone on the list can make a difference to the final outcome ( a bit “teenage lost” or not )
When picking the Mars Mission candidates , they don’t just go for the scientists and logic thinkers
When picking ENDEAVOUR I didn’t just go for the conscientious or diligent, or beyond 4th year.
What I did go for, was personality and a sense of theatrical individuality, in a sea of “comme ci , comme ca… ”
It’ll be a frantic panic at the end , but it will be a ” rush ” and any stage worthy person knows that the ” rush ” is the fuel that fires better drama engines.
What r u going to be doing ?
I’m doing stuff I like, I’m doing stuff I want to do , I’m doing stuff that I think you’ll do really well …with a bit of faith , hope and charity to others.
There’s a spiritual vibe to this final part of the SPACE entry project. Not religious , as such , but definitldy down that road of stage thought .
I guess we all need “to believe” a litlle harder in the “what if” factor and stop looking at the “what ever” in the drama we naturally gravitate towards , when our heart isn’t really in it for anything other than a laugh.
As an actress, some of the best things I did , were the things I hated most. The stuff I fought against doing , the stuff I moaned endlessly about to others , the stuff I felt most vulnerable in for fear of being laughed at or worse still , losing my stupid sense of self importance in the ludicrous world of acting.
I was young , I thought I knew it all , I thought “I’d squared the circle”.
I’m still learning , still growing , still unsure that what I do is right , that I’ll be liked by you for doing it. Still scared , unsafe , inhibited in my space.
Aren’t we all ?
So if I can start this honest , then so can you.
And ” Day by Day ” we will ” Prepare Ye ” for “the light” that will come when we all see SPACE , not as a finite thing , but as endless possibilities , infinite horizons
The rest is surely “second star to the right and straight on till morning.”
With Peter Pan to guide us. I think we stand a pretty good chance of make believing it!