My husband, as I may have mentioned in an earlier blog post, has been known to describe the process of performance creation as a rollercoaster ride. As well as meaning that there are times during a rehearsal and planning period when I am clearly easier to live with than others (and there was me thinking I was always delightful…!), I think this is an interesting description and one that has links to inspiration. 

Inspiration is a funny thing – it comes and goes without bidding and has a huge impact on how I feel a production or planning process is going. I say it has an impact on how i feel a project is going because, to be honest, I’m not sure how much it impacts on the day to day process; I know that without it no production could ever occur, but do there have to be inspirational lightning bolts every day? I’m not sure…

In general terms, though, it is hugely useful in this line of work as it makes me feel creative, enerergetic and more confident than usual about networking, sharing ideas and possibilities and promoting current work.

Recent inspiration has come from:

– The Rose Company – a revival of Iphigenia is imminent and I can’t wait to get going – as well as planning for further in the future

– A new-ish regular freelancers’ gathering has given food for thought and some new performers for ELART’s next show – storytelling in some local non-theatre venues – full info soon

-A symposium about festivals – held by Lancaster jazz festival last week with some great speakers and left me buzzing with ideas

Whew! I’m feeling inspired – and I like it.

elaru xx

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