The Heat Is On For 2023 Shows
A quick update as I prepare for my upcoming PEople Wipe Me shows.
My 2023 shows have always felt like far-off dots on the horizon. But as I send out this post, my Wexford show is exactly two weeks away.
The good news is, I have my props. Look at the big, bangy drum I picked up in a charity shop this week. It will make a noise loud enough to wake the dead.
Photo Description: Here's my big, bangy drum, which is silver with a white skin, with drumsticks laid across it and a strap to go around my neck.
And I've a colourdy T-shirt too.
Photo Description: Here's my T-shirt for my 2023 shows, with splashes of green, red and yellow colour.
Still, challenges lie ahead of me.
Rehearsing the Play
I'm back to rehearsing every day, and I'm concentrating on two things: momentum and emotion. Momentum means I keep going even when I stumble, or when thoughts distract me. This will be good practice if I find myself facing a silent audience.
And I'm aiming to bring emotional intensity into my delivery. Some of the thoughts that distract me are emotional ones.
So I'm channelling that emotion into the performance. This will help me keep my energy going, even if the audience aren't responsive.
The Joy of Logistics
The logistical plans are slowly coming together. My lighting designer Andrew Dunphy (yes, I finally got a lighting designer!) is finishing the lighting plot and sending it to the venues. He'll turn up early on show day and be there right to the end. What a trouper.
Wexford Arts Centre and The Source Thurles also going to provide me with chairs for the performance, for which much thanks goes to them. Since I don't drive, I can't transport one.
As it is, Husband Taxi has to bring me, my theatre guru and the lighting designer around the countryside, so there simply isn't room.
And I'll end with more good news. Slaney News will be featuring People Wipe Me's Wexford show in the January edition of their newspaper. I managed to scud it in under their door just before the deadline – a Christmas week well spent.
If you want to get tickets for the aforementioned Wexford show, you can book them here and stop me from talking to myself.
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