As the Man in the Chair informs the audience in the opening of The Drowsy Chaperone, “I’m feeling a little blue” this week. That’s not surprising really, after the high of show week there is always a period of post-show blues that follows on. It’s also not surprising that grief has bubbled back up to the surface this week as well, given that space for grief has been somewhat pushed aside lately. All feelings that were anticipated and expected this week.
The post-show blues and grief have also been accompanied by a bit more stress with catching up on things that have been a little neglected over the past couple of weeks and dealing with situations that have arisen that need my attention and processing other things that are going on in my life which also demand headspace. It’s not been a great week, if I’m honest, but then again there was always going to be a bit of a crash down to earth after the highs of show week.
There have been nice moments though. It was nice to have a bit of extra time with Sophie and Thomas on Wednesday due to the school strike and I’ve also quite enjoyed making their World Book Day costumes. Thomas absolutely loved his Numberblock Four costume and won best class costume for it. Sophie’s school is doing World Book Day today. Her costume is a very special one. She wanted to take the book I wrote for Jessica to prepare her for her heart surgery and dress up as her big sister. It means so very much that Jessica is remembered and made a part of World Book Day in this way.
What I’ve been grateful for this week:
- Day 55 – I am grateful for a post-show curry.
- Day 56 – I am grateful for a wonderful week sharing the stage with all these lovely talented people. Have loved every minute of doing this show.
- Day 57 – I am grateful for my mum and my mother-in-law’s help with childcare this week while I’ve been at the theatre each night. Sophie and Thomas loved having Nanny staying over the weekend.
- Day 58 – I am grateful that my mum was able to spend some time with Jessica before heading home.
- Day 59 – I am grateful for catching up on sleep after a very busy couple of weeks!
- Day 60 – I am grateful for time at the park watching Sophie and Thomas having fun together.
- Day 61 – I am grateful for a simple World Book Day costume for Thomas. One very happy boy.
Other things that have made me smile this week:
- Getting a new dishwasher as the old one had been leaking intermittently for a few weeks in spite of various attempts to fix it.
- Lots of lovely audience comments and reviews about The Drowsy Chaperone.
- Getting beautiful flowers from my husband as a “well done” for my performance in the show.
- A glowing report for Sophie at parents’ evening – she’s doing well in her subjects and is a friendly, enthusiastic member of the class which is lovely to hear.