On Thursday the 29th of March (after only a week and a half of preparation) we (Langside College HND Acting students) put on a Diploma Show, aka. Dip Show. Every actor was given 4 minutes (although there was a bit of leeway) to perform monologues and/or duologue’s in front of agents, casting directors and family and friends. I decided to do Catherine’s monologue from Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams and a duologue from Scarborough by Fiona Evans with James (the characters of Beth & Aiden). The week before the show I was off a couple of days with flu but myself and James had learnt the lines already and were able to pick it up once I returned.
We opened on Thursday with a matinee show with fellow Langside acting students making up the majority of the audience and amongst them somewhere, four agents. It all went quite smoothly and there was a relaxed atmosphere in the dressing rooms which differed hugely from the panic at Panto performances. The audience laughed a lot (and mostly at the appropriate times) and after rounding off the show with an…interesting song and dance to “Our House” by Madness, we made our way to the bar to seek out important people. I had a cup of tea and a chocolate bar, despite the fact it was like an oven in the conservatory-like bar, because it was free and I’m a poor student. And also, I really like tea. At first I think we all felt a bit awkward but got chatting to a few unfamiliar faces (as well as familiar ones) but found out that most of the agents had already left (hopefully because they were running home to email us about casting us). We were told that the standard of our Diploma Show was really high and satisfied with the comments, went to get some food before warming up and getting ready for the 7.30pm show.
The evening show went just as smoothly (minus me forgetting to strike a chair. Luckily Ross saved the day) and the audience was bigger than the afternoon show. Afterwards we went through to the bar to mingle. I had no one who came to see the show so felt a bit like a spare part and decided that free wine would be my saviour. It was lovely meeting and seeing my friends parents/other half’s etc and everybody was very complimentary. People slowly left and third free glass of wine down, and starting to feel lightheaded (as I hadn’t drunk in almost two months), we headed into town for some after partying. The leftovers of us bundled into Eilidh’s car and went to Bier Halle for some free drinks courtesy of Skye’s dad. I got a cranberry, lemonade and vodka but after a few sips (and a lemon shot) decided water was the best way to go and bullied Kyle’s lovely girlfriend into drinking my unwanted alcohol. The bar began to close so we headed outside and I decided I was too drunk, too skint and too soaked in booze (from a clumsy Kyle accident) to stay out, so staggered back to halls, escorting an equally giddy Steph to the chipper on the way, feeling like an underage lightweight. I ate a toastie when I got in. Spoke to my flatmate about something then went to bed to watch my room spinning. It was a good night despite the early bedtime.
I’d like to thank everyone who came to see the show, although no one came to see me, and also my fellow actors who all did amazing. Not heard from any agents etc as of yet but had a great time anyway and can’t wait to begin rehearsals for our final production which is on the 17th and 18th of May. We don’t know what it is yet but be available to come and see it!
Thanks for reading,