Are you the type of person who believes in first impressions being the most important? Well, speed dating is most likely for you! So, this was definitely my first foray into this frantic array – a rather daunting experience! But this time, it’s not for a romantic date that’s on the cards (well, not primarily!), but rather an interesting relationship between a writer and a director of theatre. That’s right- the Upstart Theatre company was hosting their 5th networking event at the Young Vic, where you meet writers and directors all in one room, with the only knowledge of you usually starts with a name tag and a business card.
It was great to have a slot open for me at short notice and I’m so thankful for it, but the cards were rather hastily fashioned due to me remembering at the last minute! However, they did the job and showed all the details quite well, I think!
Don’t worry, this is the name tag, not the business card! Haha!
So I stumbled into the room, meeting mainly an assembly of writers along the way – and I remember us being quite concerned that there were no directors in sight, although they came out of the woodwork soon enough! With just 3 minutes for each, we were playing in effect a professional version of musical chairs – chatting about what are you and what your artistic views are before turning right and moving one chair around the circle. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and now seeing a ring of directors is not as scary as I first imagined! Everyone was so receptive and friendly, as well as having so many different stories to tell and backgrounds to share. I did think at first that 3 minutes was quite long – for anyone who’s done spoken word will tell you – you can fit a hell of a lot in one minute! However, it just swam past and it’s great that we’ve exchanged cards! I want to thank everyone at the Young Vic and Upstart theatre for putting on these series of events, and definitely will follow you both for updates in Theatre land (I also must watch the Dolls House production there too!)
There are some more events that I will review – there’s some that are long overdue that I need to write and show you all, especially my encounter with Aung San Suu Kyi at the Southbank Centre on Friday – an amazing experience and a cultural haven that makes me want to get more in touch with my Burmese roots.
So until then, see you!