The Taming of the Blues

By Hazel Doolan

Post show blues, I’ve been aware of it since my youth theatre days but never really understood what it was. All I knew was that sinking feeling of sadness, fidgetiness and worry the day after closing night. Will our next show be as good? Will I get as good a role next year? Am I ever going to see my friends again? Would it be worth my time going back next year? Oh how little I had to worry about back then.

Hazel in The Way It Is

It was only when I stepped into the professional world that I grasped a real understanding of post show blues. After my first leading role in ‘The Way It Is’ (which didn’t get the best turn out), it hit me really hard. We ran for just one night and I put everything I had into that performance so it was a rapid high to low. The next day I went into work daydreaming of the show, wishing I was still in the theatre and not in the shop as my colleague snapped me out of it to attend to customers. This happened again after our most recent production of ‘Jungle Door.’ We went through such a roller coaster of a journey between intense week rehearsals, changes, line runs, script analysis, movement workshops, hilarious encounters and an all round great show. After our intense week of rehearsals I was back in work for only two days but I even found that hard. I was looking at the clock on the wall and thinking ‘*sigh* We’d be doing script work/warm ups right now…’ Two days later we were on the road to Naas which went by as quickly as it came around. 

Hazel in Jungle Door rehearsals

Given the amount of work that went into the production and the positive vibes from the team, this was the hardest production to walk away from. Those two weeks felt like I was living the life of my true authentic self, working with people who shared similar values and pursuing what I truly love. If you asked if I’d rather be grinding through paperwork or hot seating three times a week, I’d choose the latter any day. That is the hard truth as I would have said before being a working artist. You’re scrapping to pursue a life in two conflicting universes. Many weeks have gone by when I would breeze through it all like Samantha Jones, but then other weeks I’d be in a tissy like the White Rabbit. From talking to other artists I know that this is a common reality for many, which is a comfort all the same but doesn’t make it right. 

Going back to post Jungle Door, I just did what one would do after a major event. Be grateful that it happened and be proud of what we achieved. Now we do have Uniform coming up and it is advised to not jump into another show if you’re also working full time, but we had this booked since Christmas so that doesn’t count! Besides, we already have Jungle Door scheduled for June in Galway (Town Hall Studio 10th-13th of June!!!). While that it came as much excitement and relief that the experience won’t be quite over yet, a sense of anxiety and fear emerged… What if it won’t be as good? What if something bad happens? What if I get fat(ter)? What if-… This wasn’t good either. I realized that yes it’s nice to look back (now ironically Don’t Look Back in Anger is now playing on my laptop) on the experiences, the friendships, the wins, and the losses but it can’t define the next run. I even thought of ways to recreate the experience and rent an entire apartment in Galway, this was not smart and my pocket wouldn’t thank me for it. Instead, I choose to be present in everything I do while looking forward with hope and joy. As with artistic purpose and life it is meant to be experienced to the fullest.     

Clothing Swap

One persons trash is another treasure! Join us at 4.00pm at The Cube in The Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway to support the arts with style on March 15th.

Beyond being economical, eco-friendly, and an excuse to clean out your closet, this swap party will be a great way to play with different styles.

It’s simple
1. Bring a few items from your wardrobe you no longer want
2. Donate €5 to our upcoming show Uniform.
3. Swap clothes with others.
4. Have a fab time swapping, chatting and enjoying snacks.
5. Leave with a smile and a new style.

PS. All items must be clean, quality clothes that are in good shape – no broken zippers!

Jungle Door at The Where We Are Now Festival

This exciting dramatic play by Rena Bryson was originally performed in the Black box at I.T Sligo on May 4th, 5th and 6th 2018 as part of the Where We Are Now LGBT+ theatre festival.

Where We Are Now is a theatre festival celebrating works written by and about those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender produced by The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company and Killian Glynn.

SEE BEHIND THE SCENES OF JUNGLE DOOR HERE

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SEE PRESS AND PROMOTION HERE

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SEE SHOW PHOTOGRAPHS HERE

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Latte

We’ve all done it, eavesdropping. You’re in a café, the couple at the next table, what is their relationship? First date? Related? Colleagues?

This play allows the audience a sneak peek into the lives of others while they sip their latte. It is a slice of life in contemporary Ireland exploring many modern issues. We are such complicated beings, two regular individuals having a coffee may not be what they seem.

A free rehearsed reading of Sarah Fahy’s Latte was performed as part of Galway Culture Night at The Crane Bar in Galway City on September 20th.

Photo Credit – Hazel Stanley

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