Celebrity: First Night
As an exercise in nervous tension, I heartily recommend everyone to write a play and put it on. When I do readings, I’m in control and if it goes wrong it’s my fault. When there are lots of other people involved, the fate of the piece passes to fresh hands, but I was relieved that last night our terrific cast did us proud.
As a writer, I know where there are cracks in the construction; I know the second act plays better that the first, I know the clever jokes work less well than the human moments, I can see the audience wants to empathise and you have to allow them space to do so. When you write a book you can see none of these things, because you work alone.
And you have no idea if anyone’s telling the truth when they say they liked it. The temptation to be there every night and watch Victoria, Mark, Neil and Lucy go through their paces will be strong, but may kill my liver in the process.
So – first, small steps into a new arena. Audience happy. Author happy. Cast happy. Director happy. Onwards!