With all the excitement over learning how to post pictures I almost forgot to write about the main thing that has been occupying me for the last month. Last year I was persuaded to tread the boards at Merkaz Hamagshimim's Centre Stage Theatre in a production of Romeo and Juliet - I had fun but didn't intend to do another show and initially resisted when approached this year to do As you like it.
In the end I gave in and am thoroughly glad that I did so. Playing two very different parts within an excellent cast and to excellent audiences, I had a real blast. An excellent review of it can be found on Mike's blog. The reference to a change of character in full sight was me.
I have never considered myself to be a stage person - I used to be painfully shy and wouldn't have considered putting myself out there. Since having made the commitment however, I have quickly learned to enjoy the triple adrenaline rush of going out under the lights, really nailing a scene and being applauded at the end of the night. I have made friends with people with whom I otherwise have little in common and have finally got my head round the Shakespeare that I avoided like the plague at school.
I debated whether to post before or during the show but decided against, so as to give myself more of a chance of maintaining my semi-anonymity on the blog. There will be a next show however and I have decided that I will be a little more open at that point.