I've been helped along every step of the way whilst making Fairytaleheart for Govanhill Theatre Group.
From Bruce, who has taken on a load of work, made everything so easy and encouraged me to go bigger and bolder with what I pitched as "a simple wee play". Stevie who's helped us navigate the sprawling prop store of the baths, kept us giggling and show cased an impressive array of rainbow coloured t-shirts. Alan D who has helped create Babes in the Wood in The Steamie and is keeping the show running. Ursula who rigged our lights in double quick time and made sure we could actually see the cast despite my insitance of the strength of a pocket torch from the Pound Shop. Alan W who set up the PA system and told us stories about having a dip in the slipper baths every week when the Baths really were Baths. Eoin who took the photos above and will help us to document the project and The Steamie theatre in use.
And my friends, Catriona and Georgie, fantastic solo theatre makers both, who have gone along with my love for scripts and characters that come out of other people's heads.
We'll be helped out more during the week by volunteer ushers who'll save audience members from falling in the pool in the exciting wee trek to The Steamie - I think I'll be doing a shift at the bar myself.
I'm hugely thankful for all these people who in big and little ways have helped me to pick up my confidence after loosing out on a couple of first-rung-on-the-ladder professional jobs that I foolishly fallen in love with and then not gotten. It's given me a slap around the chops, reminding me that it is important thing is to just keep doing, making and learning and that I can actually put on a show. Working in the Baths has the added bonus of feeling like I am contributing to a bigger project that I really want to see succeed - the growth of the Govanhill Theatre Group.
Photography by Eoin Carey www.eoincareyphoto.com
Fairytaleheart is at The Steamie @ Govanhill Baths 14 -17 October, 7pm. Tickets are £8 (£6 concession) and available on the door or in advance from brownpapertickets.com