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Art imitates life or life imitates art? (Friday Fictioneers)

February 27, 2020
PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…*

The show must go on…

If you’ve ever set foot on a stage, you know how true the sayings are.

I’ve often likened theatre to life. Rehearsal and the lack there of, forgetting one’s lines, music that plays you off, your last performance is the one remembered, even a silent player is still be seen, so act as though the audience is watching.

The scariest moment in my life was performing before a live audience.

Theatre ghosts are real. Applause is fleeting and the spotlight is captivating.

*William Shakespeare

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  1. We’re all just seeking that little moment of applause and spotlight in our own way. Nice one Laurie.

    • Yes… and the laughter, the groans and the tears of those that love us. No one wants to perform to an empty house

  2. There’s something mysterious fluttering in these lines “Theatre ghosts are real. Applause is fleeting and the spotlight is captivating”

    • Oh yes indeed. Performers of the past won’t let go… infect a new audience with the burn of the spotlight. Once you get a taste it’s hard to let go.

  3. Like Neil, I was drawn to that last paragraph. Lovely write, Laurie.

    • Thank you!
      I think there is something very mysterious about an empty theatre before the audience arrives. So much history. So many dreams made and lost. You can almost hear them.

  4. Dear Laurie,

    Having done some theatre, I can attest to the reality of the ghosts. 😉 The draw is strong. Well done.



  5. Excellent, Laurie.

  6. I have never performed on stage, but in my old job I had to go into court a lot and speak, which, honestly, is a lot like a stage! All of what you say here would apply.

  7. …and then we face the final curtain. Brilliant Laurie

  8. The ghosts of the theatre whisper clearly in this story.

  9. Great description in the last line. Beautifully written.

  10. I was told, they have not come to see you – they want to see your character – the joy of acting.

  11. Laurie, this reads like a “stream of consciousness” piece, just leaving us bits of your thoughts and reactions, and it was SO interesting to be inside your brain for just a little while. Well done.

  12. I really love the thought of theatre ghosts… have you ever read the book Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson… you would love it.

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