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on first nights… #kissbythebook

11 Sep


 As a director on first nights…
1 the adrenalin your body produces is the same as going through a windscreen at 70 mph
2 you do not eat the right food
3 you go through every single line, cue and moment of the show whilst sitting in your seat, knowing that you are unable to do anything if it goes wrong

4 you feel sick

5 you ask yourself over and over why the hell you are in this position again
6 you avoid people at the interval
7 you clutch a pen and paper as if they may help
8 at the end you go and see the team

9 you breathe more normally

10 the feeling starts to come on you that it may be possible to think about the future 

11 you talk too much in the bar
12 you make sure everyone has a drink
13 you thank people for coming

14 you listen to their thoughts
15 you smile and say thankyou
16 you go home and lie awake thinking about the whole show again
17 you visit your notes and then breathe again 

18 you wake up with a jolt and think it is first night again
19 you relax and are pleased to see a write up in The Guardian Guide, and the must see section
20 you read messages on twitter from people who saw the show
21 you reply thanking them
22 you drink coffee and remember that it will all happen again today
23 you speak to members of the team
24 you realise that you need to start the whole process of adrenalin build up for press night
25 you feel relieved that all went well
26 that the set onstage looked exactly like the model
27 still surprised that people clapped and said supportive things

28 you listen to the kissbythebook playout song written for the show by  Sandy Nuttgens and sung by Molly McQueen

29 realise that you are in a privileged position to be able to choose to work with creative and talented people

Marcus Romer