The Calm after the Storm

So, that’s it – it’s all over for this term. Plays done and I’ve got my evenings and weekends back. I say that with a sense of relief, but also a sense of loss. It’s always nice to have time to unwind in the evenings, but I miss the camaraderie of rehearsals and the sense of purpose it brings. At the moment I’m waiting to hear back about the Shakespeare Marathon parts, to see what (if anything) I’m going to be doing. I’ve put in for Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Iago from Othello, Mark Anthony from Julius Caesar, and to reprise the role of Paris in Romeo & Juliet. The only one I know I’ll get is Paris. I also put in to read some sonnets, but we’ll see how that goes…

In the meantime I’ve started work on a new play, which is going reasonably well. It has, however, ruined my sleeping patterns. After thinking of the original idea whilst half asleep in the morning yesterday and it waking me up in order to write the first bit of dialogue down, it then deserted me and left me hanging. Does anyone else find that when they go to touch an idea as it begins to form it hides behind several other thoughts? It happens to me a lot.

Suffice it to say, the idea returned with a vengeance at 4.45am this morning, necessitating a 3 and a bit hour writing session and then falling exhausted at just after 8am. I’m pretty tired now, but I think it was worth it. I have a good idea of what’s going to happen, so I’m feeling positive about the play in all. It is as yet untitled – more to follow as I write more.

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