When Unhappy Exhaustion Kicks In

When Unhappy Exhaustion Kicks In

About a month and a half ago, I was sharing breakfast with my fellow cast mates, and who I consider to be some the most dedicated theatre makers I’ve had the privilege to work with. While munching through bowls of cereal, because every philosophical discussion relating to theatre is done over a bowl of Lucky Charms, one of my friends touched upon an adage that was all too familiar in the theatre world. He remarked that theatre people are some of the most, if not the most, hardworking people there are, but due to the surrounding stigma that we never get paid, our hard work is often seen as trivial or even irrelevant.

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Theatre Will Survive

Theatre Will Survive

Well, good friends, we are living in volatile times. This is by no means a surprise. Predictions were made and reality soon followed suit. We are alerted on social media when the next controversy rolls in. Then, we find out it either wasn’t a controversy or it was and people don’t believe there even was a controversy. The comments section is filled to the brim with people who sit by their keyboards waiting to pounce on the next unsuspecting person they disagree with. To top it all off, there have been rumors that government funding for the arts will be cut. While this is disheartening, (one theatre maker I know personally questioned the longevity of our profession), it is not surprising.

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