Intimacy and show people

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There were times when I found solace in the camaraderie that was built in the process of making a show. People work together for many years in offices or other institutional settings, but they don’t get as up close and personal as many thespians do. It took years of practice for me to understand that the intimacy of such groups is only generated for the purpose of the creative work.

Some friendships have endured for many years as a result of such experiences, but actions speak louder than words. I would meet people who seemed to invest considerable amounts of energy in bringing others together. When I mentioned some of our colleagues who had been part of the ensemble we worked on, it would become clear that they had moved on emotionally.

When folks from other walks of life talk of theatre practitioners, sometimes they refer to an energy they sense from us which they feel as not being genuine. In actual fact, it is possible that performers express feelings and thoughts in different ways to others, because of the nature of the work.

Due to the emergence of social media platforms, even those outside of the profession are now familiar to an extent with the curious quality of being superficially intimate with others. Does that make everyone a “luvvie” now?

If people need each other, is there any better time to reach out and touch than the present?