I am in Saskatoon, Canada, teaching a puppetry intensive at the University of Saskatoon Drama Department.
While here I'm presenting three performances at the University Studio Theatre. These are pieces exploring characters I am very familiar with, I continue to experiment with timing, approach and an alive communication between what is happening on stage and those who are in the audience.
After the first of these performance I wrote down some poetic reflections on doubt.
like a solid
before and after
happens through this
and the freedom
holds and this safety
for so long protective
from this floating
whether success or failure
the same is the situation
here in front
The stage is a loaded space and place I find equally familiar and terrifying.
Every move I make is witnessed by the audience.
If I face my natural fear towards this exposure I can be playful and try different approaches.
My favourite stages allow me this freedom and one such venue is The Hive in Hackneywick, London.
On the 18th March I performed within a cabaret at The Hive and experimented with the delivery of hand puppetry, with four puppets familiar to me for many years.
I felt success and failure in equal measure.