You can be calm and panicky all at the same time

5 Aug

With a simple production like mine – one person, one microphone, one spotlight – there’s not a lot that can go wrong in the ‘ohmigod the mermaid costume hasn’t arrived’ or ‘ohmigod, look what they did to my cello’. Even so, things can go arse-up. Especially if, like me, you don’t know too much about being a producer. One such moment yesterday, though fairly quickly solved.

The good thing about operating at this level of experience is that you don’t know what can go wrong which means you can’t sit around obsessing over things that probably won’t happen. The bad thing about operating at this level of experience is that you don’t know what can go wrong, so you can’t make contingency plans.

I see from that tweet over there it’s only been six hours since I last tweeted. I did that before I went to bed. Up late stuffing envelopes and this morning I woke with a zing. Apples, I will want apples before I go on. Of course, I should have an entourage thinking of such things. But you know, kids these days.

Not sure why the thought of apples should drive me out of bed. It’s not like the shops are even open yet. But it’s nice sitting here with my cup of tea and my internet, listening to the central heating kick in (we don’t know how to turn it off, and we especially don’t know how to turn the central heating off without turning the hot water off – so we’re not messing with it), making a list and just quietly going through what needs to be done.

So that’s the panic bit. But the calm? The calm is that I love my script.

Tech rehearsal tonight, then first preview tomorrow.


10 Responses to “You can be calm and panicky all at the same time”

  1. Kath Lockett August 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    You love your script. Anything bothersome like apples will pale in comparison!

  2. 12 Weeks Pregnant August 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Apples lol, it somehow reminds of a very old story its about a guy named Adam and girl named Eve.

  3. genevieve August 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    As we say down here to other festival performers, break a leg. And kick some arse.

  4. Cristy August 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm #


    Break a leg. And have fun.

  5. Mummy Crit August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    Oh wow. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you.

  6. peppermintpatcher August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    may you break a leg in the best possible way!

  7. ampersand duck August 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    WOOT! Slay them!

  8. Helen August 6, 2009 at 12:59 am #

    OK, I usually say break a leg, but you have multiple fractures by now.
    Hope it goes awesome!

  9. suze August 6, 2009 at 4:20 am #

    The very best of Scottish luck to you!

  10. Zoe August 6, 2009 at 8:32 am #

    I want news!

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