After the last six months of intense Roman Around, it has come to an end. By ‘end’ I mean ‘hiatus’. One that’s been a long time coming.
Especially considering that I’ve spent the last couple of weeks writing up the experience of writing, editing, promoting and performing the show. That piece of writing, called When I was Roman Around, served as the final project for my Professional Writing MA. It is now going through a belated proofread, and then I will figure out what to do with it.
And speaking of figuring things out, I’m planning on revamping Roman Around – making it fitter, faster and stronger, and finding places to tour it. Possible times include fall, winter, spring, and summer, and possible locations include the UK, Europe, Canada and anywhere else. Now booking.
At first I thought that once the summer was finished I would put Roman Around on a shelf somewhere and begin a new project. I thought that the end of the festivals would be the end of the show. That was wrong: all of the work I put into getting the show ready, and performing it, was actually preparatory work for the next stage.
Now I’m just trying to figure out a way to move it into the next stages. Elements may include: hiring a director; taking it to some fringe festivals in Canada next summer; doing a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe next summer; anything and everything else that can prolong, elaborate on, enrich, and fortify the experience.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Roman Around wasn’t built in a half year.