Each Week, Abigail Grimstad, TheatreMaker.ie’s Social Media Manager looks at the posts on social media that caught her attention.
Another week over, and it still feels like we’re no closer to Stage 4 here in Ireland than we were 3 months ago. I’ve been thankful for the spurt of lovely weather we’ve all been experiencing, and I’m trying to enjoy the heck out of it before it starts to rain again. Then it’ll be autumn and the whole darn thing will start all over again.
Recently a friend asked what podcasts I was listening to. It seems everyone has a long list of favourites nowadays, and given lockdown, I’m sure everyone has worked their way through too many to count. But when my friend asked me for recommendations, I came back empty handed. I used to pop my headphones in whenever I had the chance, and could be found bopping away down the cycle path along the canal most days.
Lately though, I can’t bring myself to put my headphones on. Somehow the opportunity to hear the birds, listen to cars as they pass, and catch fragments of conversations has given me more than enough to keep track of. It’s something I’ve grown fond of, particularly during this mad time, because who really knows when we might be asked to hunker down again. I’m trying to take it all in before it disappears. I want to hear everything.
As You Wish…
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who think The Princess Bride is ageless and those whom I’ve erased from my contacts. I’d say this was an excellent way to pass quarantine. It’s nice to see some very familiar faces taking part in some unexpected ways. It gave me a good few minutes of the giggles.
I’m impressed by the ingenuity of some of those costumes.
You mean that wasn’t Andre the Giant?
What Even Is Acting Anymore?
It can be easy to fall into the hole of monotony. As much as I try to add a little excitement to each day, it usually ends up with me contemplating my career choices while trying to ignore the laugh track on Season 10 of The Big Band Theory. (Don’t judge me, the episodes are short, and some of the jokes are even funny.)
After a recent self tape where I did higher levels of “pen” acting than required, Simon’s tweet hit me hard.
Full cup acting, with an empty cup… that's the hardest.
— Simon O'Gorman (@Sighmo2) July 18, 2020
I actually can’t act without a prop. It’s my thing now. Give me that empty take away cup and next thing you know, you’ll swear you can hear the foam on my oat milk latte. Yeah, that’s why directors love me.
But seriously HOW LONG until I’m successful?
One thing I’ve thoroughly enjoyed about social media during all this: I’m hearing people acknowledge the truth that we’re all doubting ourselves all the time. Impostor Syndrome is a thing y’all. Not to mention when you convince yourself at 2 am you really should have written 10 plays and booked a million gigs with all the time you’ve spent talking to your plants.
Writers/Directors/Producers/Actors how long did your “overnight success” take?
— Helen Simmons (@HelenSimmons8) July 19, 2020
It’s nice to be reminded that we’re not in this alone. We just all made the decision that following our hearts and passions was more important than saving money for the future, investing, or having any job security. But hey, for a couple moments every so often, the world stops and your heart is full once again, and that gets you through a little longer. We’re all masochists deep down.
Riverdance in Richmond
I feel like this needs no explanation except we all want to be like Morgan. How Irish dancers keep their upper halves so still while simultaneously defying the laws of gravity, I will never know. But nevertheless, I’m impressed.
She’s so frickin’ awesome. https://t.co/wKn6lN3y05
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) July 18, 2020
Mapping a Musical
After this week’s Stage Door Live focused on #IrishBornMusicalTheatre, I’m feeling even more guilty that I have yet to watch Hamilton. I’ve had the best intentions, but usually get stuck on the whole “signing up for Disney Plus” stage. Still this mapping of every line of Hamilton make me even more curious, and it’s a fascinating watch. Even seeing a musical through this lens still feels pretty magical to me.
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) July 20, 2020
The PUNS have it
Those who know me are used to poorly timed and often silence inducing puns. I can’t help it, it’s part of me. Thanks to the Irish Literary Times (And whoever runs their Twitter account!) Now I can’t get the image of a granny super-glued to her latest knitting project.
I recommend superglue https://t.co/ZLsGDpIW6d
— Irish Literary Times (@IrishLitTimes) July 23, 2020
and I mean, they just keep on giving…
engage in some shelf-awareness https://t.co/QJu80gG7oW
— Irish Literary Times (@IrishLitTimes) July 23, 2020
Speaking of shelf, I mean self awareness, I’ve got to wrap up this post and get working on next week’s Stage Door Live! We’ll be focusing on Wellness in Practice, and I’ve got a lot of work to do before Wednesday!
Before I bustle off to start my list, I have a challenge/opportunity for you:
Do you have a mindfullness practice? Where do you find peace and well-being in your daily life? Yoga? Reading? Meditation? I want to see where you find peace in your day to day schedule.
You can share a clip of these moments (10-20 seconds max) with me, and I’ll be putting together a short clip highlighting the moments of mindfulness in the days of our viewers.
Send your clips to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll put them together to bring a moment of mindfulness to Stage Door Live next week.
I can’t wait to see what you share!
Take care of yourselves, and as always, take care of each other.