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November 7, 2009

I’m in the middle of a show put on by an amateur theatre group. And it’s got me wondering whether the word amateur is the right one to use.

My dictionary list various meanings for the amateur, including:

1 a person who engages in an activity, esp a sport, as a past time rather than professionally or for gain

3 a person unskilled in or having only a superficial knowledge of a subject or activity

And for professional it says:

2. engaging in an activity for gain or as a means of livelihood

3 extremely competent in a job

Now I can see a conflict here. Just because someone does an activity as a past time doesn’t mean they are extremely competent at it. Likewise, just because someone is paid to do something doesn’t make them competent at it.

We’ve just done our opening night of this run and mistakes were made by almost (if not all) of the teams involved: cast, band, stage, sound and lights. But we all carried on as if nothing had happened. The audience probably didn’t notice the mistakes because they were corrected quickly without a fuss. In fact at one point the lights were faded out just before a song had finished but I managed to recover the situation in time and none of the cast that I spoke to even noticed!To me, that means being competent at what we are doing, ie professional. But as we’re not paid, by definition,  we can’t be professional!

So should there be a different word for groups of people who partake in an activity for fun but are still competent at at? Profamateur perhaps?

November – blog post month (again)

November 1, 2009

It’s November again. Where has the year gone? Last November I managed to post a blog entry everyday. And failed miserably to continue the trend afterwards. So let’s see how we do this year. Again, I’ want to post an entry every day for the month and I want to see if I can continue in to December.

Like last year, I have no specific theme or plan to what what I’m going to blog about. I’ll not to make it too boring, but if I do then I’m sorry, come back the next day and see if it’s any better.

October was a really bad month for me personally, and I suspect that the beginning of November is going to be tough as well. Without wanting to get to depressing to start with, several people I knew passed away during the last few weeks, and I have the prospect of three funerals coming up in the next couple of weeks. I’ll do my best from get you all depressed though.

This week however sees the performance of Patcham Barnstormers’ latest production: A Night At The Movies. It’s a series of sketches and songs from various movies from the days of silent movies right through the fairly modern times. As usual I’ll be hiding away in the little room in the loft playing with the lights. I’ve had the normal run of problems that I seem to have at every show – not enough lamps, not enough power, not enough gels, not enough…. blah blah blah! But I’ll do my best. Eventually I’d like us to move out of the “it’ll do” situation and get us in to “wow!”  But I suspect it’ll be a long hard slog.

Well that will do for now. See you all tomorrow (hopefully!)

Busy busy busy

April 14, 2008

I haven’t blogged over the past few days simply due to a lack of time.

Thursday and Friday saw rehearsals for Fiddler On The Roof, and I finally had to do the Bottle Dance! I’d managed to last until two weeks before the performance before showing to any one, so that’s not too bad. As well as being in that dance (solo!) I’m also running the lighting! Could be fun – I’m relying on my Wing Man to cope when I’m not in the lighting box.

Sunday was also a very busy day. It started out with me being the sound techie and communion steward for the morning Church Service. Not too bad in itself.

Then it was get all the lighting gear transferred from my Church up to Patcham as we’re using it in Fiddler On The Roof next week.

We then spent the whole of the afternoon setting up the lighting rig (or most of it) before going back down to Dorset Gardens Methodist Church to set up for the evening service where I was both sound and light techie.

Finally got home about 10ish – a long day.

Meanwhile, I believe my sister, P, is going through a tough period. I had planned on seeing her over the weekend, but it never happened. In fact I haven’t heard from her very much at all over the past week. It’s hard when someone you care about is hurting and you can’t be there to comfort them.