Song: There’s No Business Like Show Business
Artist / Band: Mary Hopkin
Dedicated to: Theatre people
Dedication date: 15 July 2020 as part of Summer Streets Festival
This is distinctly 60’s twist on a “theatre” classic that I think everyone will recognise.
During the first 13 weeks of lockdown I was holed up by myself, in my little flat in South Shields. I’d only lived by myself since December so the sudden idea of being entirely alone was very daunting. I missed my family and friends but what I realised is intertwined with both my family and friends is my work, I surround myself with people who understand my drive and determination to create Theatre in the NE. I missed the long R&D process arguing over script notes, the intensity of tech week, the buzz of an opening night and chairs rammed round one spare table in a neighbouring pub talking about the ins and outs of a show. I’ve made my longest lasting relationships with people through theatre and I realise without it a huge part of my identity is missing.
So I want to dedicate this song to my parents who met on stage, my family who lives and breathes theatre, and all of my colleagues who are also my wonderful die hard friends who I’ve met working in this vibrant, diverse and distinctly Northern Sector. I love you all, I can’t wait to see what we create after this storm is over. I’ll see you soon, mines a pint xo
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Dedicated as part of our Summer Streets 2020 I Made You A Mixtape project; created for all the people and places we missed during the 2020 lockdown.