A Heavy Dose of the Post Production Blues
It’s Monday and I’m back at work after an adventurous week at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn. I have to admit that I’m not taking my post production blues well, since coping with the clinical environment at work is an extreme paradigm shift. I also have to add that having rehearsed on Skalie Skinnerstories Tref Stoffontein for 3 months, it would be inevitable for any member of the cast to experience such symptoms.
Generally all the hours spent rehearsing night after night, making new friendships and solidifying existing bonds almost always accumulates in a feeling of limbo once a production ends.
What made this production more special for me was that the whole cast became very much like a family, since we all got along for the most part. It was also great because I also got the opportunity to act for the first time in at least 2 years alongside some of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Now, it’s all over and even though there’s talk of taking the production to various other venues and festivals – one never really knows.
At KKNK, the production was received warmly, what with a pre-festival review in Die Burger (The Citizen) newspaper and a great review on the show while at the festival, as well as a positive review in the festival’s own Krit newspaper.
We also had full audiences the whole week.
Outside of show time, the cast would generally go partying it up at Club Al Capone (the festival’s VIP watering hole where I got to see many celebrities and many old drama friends) ’til the early hours of the morning or go out to see other theatre productions.
I didn’t go out as much as everyone else but took some well deserved me time by making beats on my laptop, reading comic books and sleeping late!
After such a hearty experience, it’s difficult to be back at the 9 – 5 looking at a computer screen and getting back into the same weekly routine as before I went away – that added to the great time had with the cast and crew over the last 3 months.
Indeed, this is a heavy dose of post production blues.