Every actor who has been part of Namibia’s theatre scene can attest to the fact that it’s not as glamorous as it seems, and many of the pitfalls are things that make you want to laugh and cry simultaneously.
Here are 10 problems only local theatre actors can understand:
1. Getting out of rehearsal so late and still having to work or go to school the next morning.
2. Your friends and family who aren’t in theatre don’t understand when you talk about show problems or tell them you can’t come to things because you have rehearsal.
3. When all of your costumes come from your closet.
4. The shows are always low budget.
5. Trying to practice choreography/lines on your lunch hour during your day job.
6. Trying to convince yourself each and every new show that there won’t be politics involved in casting, and being wrong once again.
7. When your blocking is changed every other night and you’re expected to remember which is the latest one.
8. When you find out in tech week that the place you are to perform is only half the size of the place where you rehearsed.
9. Begging friends to attend performances so seats are filled.
10. Everybody gets undressed in front of each other and don’t even care because you have 30 seconds to change.
Anyway, theatre is the second job that makes you no money but you love it, even when it takes up all of your time. Community theatre is a labour of love!