Many people say they get the post show blues when a production has ended. It can be quite severe in that the actor or production team member suddenly feels bereft, lonely and even depressed. It depends what you have lined up to do afterwards. Another project or something equally demanding can work, but of course one must be careful not to overdo it and get burn out.
Putting on a play means intensive team working, friendship, creative thinking and expression. It’s hard work and there can be tensions, but there is no doubt that people feel alive, energetic and appreciated, particularly if things go well. They feel part of a community, they feel as if they are expressing their creativity, exercising their talent and skill and that makes people happy. The build up to the performance is exciting, exhilarating and nerve wracking . Then the actual performances are full on. The feeling one gets when taking a bow at the end is one of extreme happiness. It’s is almost like a drug. Then that is all taken away and it is the end. No wonder we all get withdrawal symptoms. I’ve always found it is good to try and plan for the next project and to take some time to reflect . As a producer I have to make sure all the invoices are paid, the books balance and the evaluations are written. I look to collecting the reviews and comments and along with the photographs taken that the websites are then updated. That’s a lot of work, but it also allows me to relive the whole experience and reflect. I find that very therapeutic so post show blues are generally banished for me.
An another issue which I’ll talk in more detail in another blog, there’s a lot of talk at the moment about funding bids and also the bid for MK to become European Capital of Culture. The bid went in at the end of October just gone, but each UK city has now been told they are not eligible because of Brexit. I find that odd. Why were they not told before? Why wait until the bids have gone in? Many people saw it as a vanity project anyway. I never did. I think people often forget that the arts do actually bring money to a place. Investing in the arts is not only important for people’s well being, but economically it makes sense too. When people go to the theatre or a concert for instance they often also go to a restaurant. They buy drinks and meals. They may stay in a hotel. The local economy benefits. Also it is interesting to note that one in five jobs in the South east is in the creative industries and the last figures I saw say that the creative industries are worth 72 billion to the region. Investing in the arts is vital. Not to do so is short sighted. It is all very well to say we must spend money on other things, but that is like treating the arts as a luxury and as an add on. When we think like that as a society we are lost. Well, that’s my thought for the week anyway. I shall come back to this subject in a few weeks time as there is much more to say!