The Show Must Go On; Writing 101 Challenge – Day 15

Day 15 – You’re told that an event that’s dear to your heart — an annual fair, festival, or conference — will be cancelled forever (or taken over by an evil organization). Write about it. Hone that voice of yours!

I’m kind of a gypsy when it comes to events. I don’t have one I attend ‘every year’. If I’m interested, I’ll go. If not, I won’t.

Until it comes to theatre. I love live performances. It can be a simple busker strumming his guitar on the street, all the way through to a full on bells and whistles Broadway performance. It doesn’t even have to be a musical. Straight theatre is just as good.

I couldn’t imagining anyone cancelling live theatre, but I suppose it could be possible. If people can ban dancing as a form of hedonism, then the same could also be for theatre. Theatre is a platform for nearly everything under the sun. Every story lived by a human is condensed, transformed, trimmed and performed.

Life with all the boring bits taken out.

Like a breath puffed through an opening hand of glitter; theatre sparkles with truth, isolation, anger, pain, phoenix risings, injustices, politics, laws, evil, good, death, life, hope, growth and hidden things revealed.  You take that away and life becomes robotic. Automatons marching through the motions. Why bother fighting? Why bother dreaming? Why bother living? You may as well lie down and sleep yourself to death.

“It can be done in a movie too, you know. Better and bigger.”

True. However, movies are edited, re-shot, pick ups added, actors re-voiced, and incorrect shots smoothed out. Mistakes are removed. Sure you can watch the bloopers, but it’s not the same as watching a live performance when the tension of failure is paramount, and yet still draws you into the story.Read More »


Location, Location, Location; Writing 101 Challenge – Day 2

Day 2 – If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

When I read this challenge I didn’t have to think long on where I would be right now. I’m not sure if it’s the actual place that holds me, or the experience which went with it.

One of the best experiences in the world for me is live theatre. There is just something magical about it. The lights, sounds, costumes, atmosphere, ambiance, the hush of the audience, the cacophony of the orchestra tuning (in the musical theatre – of course). Then there is the rush of the first line that pulls you in, enfolds you and keeps you until you forget you are in an audience with hundreds. Suddenly it is only you and the characters on stage. There is life there, a heartbeat, a pulse-rushing-face-flushing euphoria that is unlike anything else. It is short lived but powerful.Read More »