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Afridiziak’s resident blogger, Joseph Rowe, is a student at BirminghamSchool of Acting. In his third blog for Afridiziak’s Theatre News, Joseph shares his light bulb moment and tackling the demands of working full time on a production.

This Is My Calling

quotation marksBefore starting drama school the odd school play and amateur dramatics were the only theatre I had dabbled in. The sort of play you rehearse for a few hours once a week, and perform for one night only for an audience that consists only of your family.

Never before had I worked full time on a production, which is a dream for an actor getting up every morning to spend the entire day doing what you love. But boy is it hard work, from the first day of rehearsals until the curtains fall on your final show.

Rehearsals are simply a demanding process that requires you to be experimental and creative and to really capture and connect with the character which isn’t always easy straight off. Good acting has detail and you have to constantly take criticism and notes in order to improve your performance. You cannot be perfect straight away and there are times when you feel that you are just plain bad and nowhere near to achieving good work. It is a process that can really affect your confidence, you really need to believe in yourself and your abilities if you are to progress.

Your stress levels are high and there are the long rehearsal days, the technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, the two shows a day, the getting home late, and the lack of sleep etc all to contend with. All physically demanding of our bodies, there were sore throats and sniffles all around, immune systems were dropping like flies luckily for me I had discovered the wonders of Echinacea which I took daily the week of and the week before the show, which seemed to do the trick.

Our show only lasted a week, but I felt a got a realistic idea of what will be required of me out there in the real world, and I commend those actors who tour for months on end.

Although the process drained me both mentally and physically I came out of the experience, with a stronger sense that this was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.

For me there is no greater buzz than being in the rehearsal room experimenting, creating real and detailed characters from a script, exploring language and human psychology and emotion through words. And then finally to share your creativity with an audience and no matter how big or small but for them to take something away with them from your performance.

quotation marksWorking on the show solidly for a month allowed me to feel for the first time like a professional creative artist, and when it was all over, after the final show and I woke up the following morning (firstly dealing with a minor hangover from the celebrations) then, for a short while I felt a little lost.

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