It seems fitting that the first official TVYT blog entry is at ridiculous-time-oclock the night before our first Summer Play In A Week (PIAW).
I’m up late, pondering the week ahead and I have all the bubbly anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve. Of course, TVYT has done many of these projects but this is only my 4th PIAW and I’m both bouncing off the walls with excitement and nervous at the same time. And this has made me ask the question… Why?
Why, as a fully fledged adult, am I nervous?
The truth is, that some of the young people involved in this PIAW have 4 times as much experience in these type of projects than I do. There’s a good chance that they would need more than their allocated two hands to count the number of PIAW projects that they have been involved in. How impressive is that? Some of them haven’t missed one since they joined. And the stories that they tell, make every single one of the shows seem more exciting than the last.
I’ve heard fantastical tales of: sets made completely out of rubbish!!!; mad professors; secret speakeasys (in Riding Mill… who would have thought?); random acts of kindness…with cake; skills on how to spot witches. The list goes on and on. Who wouldn’t be a little nervous when starting a new project and trying to make sure it proudly carries the reputation of the past million-squillion (it might be fewer than that) PIAWs.
So, what is the secret? How does the team at TVYT manage to make a PIAW happen?
I have a theory…
You know what? I’m not sure I am nervous…Because in writing this blog, I realised that I am lucky enough to have been welcomed into this family: this nutty, enthusiastic bunch! I know that they’re there for me as much as I will be there for them.
We’re in it together… and that is pretty special… the cake helps.
So, ‘The Birds Stop To Listen’, based on the Hunger Games. Bring it on, because I know, wherever this week takes us, it’ll be somewhere spectacular.
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