May 11th, 2009

Week 11 - Scared the living Playwrights out of me.

Well, I nearly had a fit today. The panic was slowly injected into my brain and from there it took over my body. It did weird things whilst in control, strange things I wouldn't usually do. It made me breakfast - I never eat breakfast! It made me put on shoes that had laces, it practically made me waltz to Uni, though not nearly as graceful. It made me sit down with Christianne (who plays Nat in Death Knocks) and forget all the lines I had spent last night frantically trying to remember. It made me choke out a half-arsed New York accent in the hopes that she wouldn't realise I was in no way prepared to stand up in front of a crowd of people pretending to be an existential being. It made me fumble the cards, forget how to play gin rummy and made my tongue go on a roller-coaster ride as I desperately tried to get by feet over these lines! And this was all before we had to perform! I worked myself dry until I was sure that I could remember my lines without crying like a twelve year old girl, and sound vaguely like a came from New York and not some far off coastal island.

You can imagine my grief as I found out we were not going to perform that day. Well, maybe grief isn't the right word. It was a strange mixture of agonising pain mixed with an overwhelming sense of euphoria. It hit me like a ton of steel bricks that I had spent the whole day practically in the foetal position, rocking back and forth over nothing, yet it took my mind a while to jog up to itself and hand it some common sense. Common sense explained in a simple and easy to learn way that seeing as I was not prepared, fate was giving me an extra week of practise. I nearly kissed common sense, though seizing some sort of composure I merely shook him by the hand and bid him a "Good day". I then spent the rest of the day half watching the first performers wearily walk in front of the class, and half cackling to myself that I had more time to prepare. Though they did good. They had seized their time and used it fast an effectively to create an outstanding result. My mind once again started working in overtime. I had to study them, find their weaknesses and see how I could build from them. It was as though we were all in the running to create the next Broadway hit, and fate be damned if I was going to lose!

                                                                          By the end of the day I looked like this. Except less Santa-like.

So yes, it was a fairly stressful day. I spent the rest of my night spouting names of random playwrights in a maniacal fashion, and explaining to anyone who would listen about how the flashing lights on phones controlled my heartbeat. Needless to say I'm no longer working at that childcare centre, but I got my message heard!

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Week 11 - Comment

Vanessa's LJ

"Haha, I really liked your play! It was really well done and kept the audiences attention. There was a great use of accents in it, and the big cast made it more interactive and interesting to watch! Seeing as you performed on the first week, I think you guys were one of the best ones in the glass, you certainly got my vote!"