My life has been spent in theatres. When they were younger my mom was an actor and my dad designed lighting for plays. That was how they met, and made most of their friends, so growing up I went backstage in theatres before I ever sat in the audience. Maybe that is why, for me, theatre cannot be watched as just a series of people walking across a stage. I always watch for the things the backstage crew hope you never see: subtle lighting changes to shift mood, mics dropping in and out to prevent feedback, or corners being cut on set design to save budget. It is the process of putting together and running a show that has always intrigued me about theatre, and why I am hoping the workshops and talks I attend in Destination Theatre will show me more of that world.
British theatre has especially influenced me, so I want to learn more about their own style of theatre production. Shakespeare is undoubtedly my favourite playwright, and I have seen near a hundred productions of Shakespeare plays, but none had the same impact on me as the production of Romeo and Juliet I saw the last time I was in England. It was such an overwhelmingly emotional experience, not only just watching the play but watching the rest of the audience in the theatre. The show was produced so skillfully that the entire pit of drunk audience members was struck silent, except for a few of them who were sobbing. That is the kind of theatre I want to experience again, and to learn how it can be made.
I have been to Britain before, visiting family and seeing tourist attractions, so I am looking forward to experiencing parts of London I missed the first time. Having seen the conventional sights, I plan to spend time just wandering the streets and finding out-of-the-way places that most visitors would never notice. Also, I look forward to getting some decent British food, because it is a pain in the ass to get a full English breakfast in our London. The only issues I think will come up will be learning the tube map, because that will be essential to getting around. Messing up the tube can waste massive amounts of time, and I want to squeeze in as much as I can. My wallet is too empty to take even an emergency taxi, so transit will be a must. The other issue is safety, because I plan to spend a lot of my free time between classes and shows by myself. Not that I want to avoid my friends, just that I want to skip anything tourist-y, so getting lost while wandering away on my own will be a risk. Thankfully the frequency of chain coffee shops means I will almost always have a wifi signal to pull up a map on.