Why hello! It’s been a while…

From archival posts, online theatre highlights, and some good old fashioned silliness, the Sparkles are back!
Thank goodness for that grand stretch
Loving the light skies at night.

Hello friends!

Oh man it is good to be writing to y’all again.

2021 may not be everything we wished for, but for the TheatreMaker team, it’s been a pretty decent year so far. (Thanks to the support of Axis Ballymun and Dublin City Council.)

April brought us a lot of exciting moments, as we built our new broadcasting studio at Axis, and negotiated what our new programming should look like.

And just a few short weeks ago, we premiered our new iteration of Stage Door Live, focusing on artist features and panel discussions centered around the latest news in the sector as well as the wider hot topics in theatre. (If you missed our first episode, you can watch it HERE.)

And now, I’m bringing the sparkles back! I’ve been collecting some bits and bobs for the last while, which I’ll sprinkle throughout my future posts, for your viewing pleasure.

It’s a standoff (or was in November)

Our Last Word on the 5th of May was about worth and value. The tweets following this post were a punch in the gut:

“If the budget is higher, the artist has the opportunity to actual make what they should. If the budget is lower, than[sic] the artist has the opportunity to decide how little they are willing to accept for the work they are being asked to do […] The artist needs to make sure they can survive.”

That truth bomb aside, this one gave me a good chuckle and then made me ponder my life way back in November. And so much has happened since then!

When needs must

This one made me giggle. But in all seriousness, it’s nice to know the awards also have some weight to them, on top of looking fancy.

Also, self-tapes are tricky in the best of times, let alone when they’re the only way auditions are happening. Let’s hope that we’ve spent enough time with our set-ups that we can pull them together at the drop of a hat. (Just not the drop of an award, yeah?)

We hope you booked the gig Eileen!

Watching the world go by…remotely.

Since the last time I wrote, I’ve watched a fair number of shows from the comfort of my couch, my face lit by the glow of my screen.

I’d watch it again, but maybe with a stronger drink this time.

I was brought to tears with laughter from an audience member who messaged in to the show chat of Landmark’s Happy Days something along the lines of “I thought we were supposed to be escaping the world by watching theatre, not reminded of it.” Hello, was it Oscar Wilde you were looking for?

And then found myself in a numbed state after, as if the full force of what we’ve all experienced suddenly landed on my shoulders. Not yet, no, no.

I hope I’m not the only one who goes into each digital theatrical performance with the hopes that somehow it might be everything we’re missing, right alongside the knowledge that there is no way for it to be so. This dissonance, perhaps, is what keeps us logging back in, engaging, for a little taste of something familiar.

At least for myself, it never leaves me quite satisfied, no matter the production, because I know what the real thing is. What that feels like.

(pssssst! We talked about the pros and cons of digital theatre during this week’s episode of Stage Door Live, which you can watch HERE)

Just a few of the dips into the online theatre pool I’ve taken recently:

All I want is someone to waltz 2 meters away from each other with me
Ehm, have we just discovered the 5th wall?

Now, I’m going to make myself a cuppa and cozy up for yet another Friday night in, catching up on the Tolu & Feli Show on Youtube.

Remember that fantastic segment with Tommy Tiernan? Yes. That one! They were on fire, and we all want more of that.

I’m sure I’ll be gushing about them on next week’s Sparkles.

I’m changing up my former habit of asking questions at the end of my posts. Instead, I’m going leave you all with something that lives in my head, rent free. (Because free rent in Dublin especially is what we could all use anyways.)

The genius that is Chris O’Dowd. Seriously.

Take care of yourselves and each other, folks.

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