Whenever I come back through the doors of Talawa Theatre Company I always get that ‘home/welcome’ feeling … literally every time! However this time was a little bit different because I didn’t know any of the Moon On A Rainbow Shawl cast. I’m one of the newbies so I’ve had to settle in again.
It reminds me how I settled into TYPT when I first ever came to Talawa in 2009 and how long that took, but how great the results were in the end. I still speak to the TYPT: 09 company 5 years later and I’m looking forward to developing long-lasting and positive relationships with this cast as well. Everyone in the cast is older than me and that’s also how it was with TYPT so there are loads of similarities with that experience, although it’s very different in many ways too.
This industry can be really hard so working with a company like Talawa and doing a programme like TYPT is giving me a confidence in my ability. My desire to do well is running deep within me. Having this opportunity to be working for Talawa again professionally makes me proud. The bonus is that I am not just working for an ordinary company, it feels like friends...or more like family.
My experience so far with the cast and stage management has been an educational one. I’m learning so much, not only about the play and its characters but also discussing different aspects connected to the play. Like how Trinidad was in 1953 and how people were living at that time, including issues such as status and skin colour. At the moment I watch Martina Laird while she works on her scenes. She is brilliant, using her initiative whenever necessary and always works from the heart. After the tour, I aim to do more classes and keep talking and taking advice from people who have been in the industry longer than me.
Last thoughts........Before we began rehearsals I asked myself what do I really want out of this experience? The answer came back clearly......I wish to continue moulding myself into an actor that will get work consistently and that approaches every audition, casting or general meeting with a positive attitude and fully focused.