It is one of those weeks where there is a lot happening, more by coincidence than design. The challenge is to recognise that some of what we have a tendency to call busy is relaxing and energising. Theatre being the best example of that for me. I love the theatre, I love the whole experience of watching a live performance along with other people. I love the sets, costumes, lighting, music. I am fascinated by the actors’ ability to remember lines, to be in the right spot at the right time. It is magical, in a way that TV or cinema rarely are for me.
There is still a tendency to call it ‘busy’ though. You have to be at the theatre at a set time, the tickets have to be bought in advance, you have no choice as to when the play ends. All of those things have correlations with a meeting I suppose. But the huge difference is I am always energised by the theatre – an effect that lasts into the next day.
Last night I saw This Houseat The Rep with friends, so there was a chance to discuss it afterwards which is always fun. Chatting about and dissecting the play is all part of the enjoyment for me. Reliving any experience through speaking, writing, or thinking about an experience makes it more impactful, so it is a good exercise, but it’s worth paying attention to reliving the good experiences more than the bad. I enjoy the anticipation as well, which is what makes the logistics of a theatre trip a totally different experience than attending a meeting. But maybe I need to try and make the meeting experience more like a theatre trip, now that would improve the quality of life.
PS I am not a theatre reviewer, for that I recommend Love A Good Play, excellent short blogs on each play that an avid theatre-goer sees. Not that I can find her review for This House, which I am sure she saw in its time at The National Theatre.