Hope you’re all doing well in isolation! At time of writing, I’m currently on day 20 of isolation, I’ve been working from home for almost 3 weeks now and I’ve managed to adjust better than I thought I would do. I was also fine being away from live theatre but I watched the Olivier Awards Greatest Moments show last night and I realised just how much I actually miss it. And how much I missed blogging. So I’ve decided to end my hiatus to deliver more ramblings no one asked for! Although I’m primarily a theatre blogger, all I have done for the past 3 weeks is just watch and read ALL of the things…. or some of the things. But before I get into that, I wanted to share some thoughts on how I’ve found the lockdown/isolation/quarantine/whatever you’re calling it is going for me and what I’ve learnt so far.
I’m such a workaholic
I’ve always suspected this about myself but it has proven itself to be true throughout the lockdown. I’ve been working from home for about 3 weeks now and I’m very lucky enough to be one of the members of staff at my company to still be working. And I’m pretty sure that’s because I really, really hoped it would happen. I think this comes from being so used to having a routine. So I might not be able to go to the theatre or to the cinema on the weekly but at least continuing to work means I have some sort of normality in my life. Except I’m in my pyjamas and my office is now my bed.
Being restless finally has its perks.
I have a habit of always having to be doing something. Being bored absolutely drives me up the wall. So now I (pretty much) have all the time in the world, I’m looking at this as ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. I feel like Rapunzel when she sings When Will My Life Begin? Although so far I’ve just watched a lot of things and read a lot of things. I’ve been playing games on my phone. I’m yet to actually learn something new but I guess I’m not bored!
Turning negatives into positives.
If you follow me elsewhere on the ol’ socials, you may have seen that due to the travel ban and the Broadway shutdown, my entire trip to NYC was cancelled. I can’t lie, I wallowed to myself for a couple of days. But then I realised I could stop moping around and do something proactive. My friend and I managed to get refunds on all of our shows (and we had like 8 booked y’all) and so I decided to put some of that to good use. Now. I’m not stating this to get a pat on the back or whatever but I do feel like people may not know that you can donate to theatres in order to keep them thriving. So although I couldn’t support the New York theatre industry during this tough time, I could at least support the London theatre industry. Here are some of the theatres that I love that you can donate to!
- Almeida Theatre
- National Theatre
- Southwark Playhouse
- Old Vic Theatre
- Young Vic Theatre
- Soho Theatre
- Arcola Theatre
That’s just a very small and limited list of theatres to donate to but it’s by no means exclusive. Do let me know of other London and regional theatres that are also charities and need donations to continue bringing great art to the masses.
How are you coping in this tough time? Hoping you’re all keeping well and safe during this time!
Until next time,
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