SINCE packing away my directorial baton and discontinuing my theatrical activities, it has been five long years of having nothing to do each evening other than entertaining friends at al fresco nights spent around the garden bar (sigh).
Sampling an assortment of unfamiliar wines found in far flung bodegas (yawn), discovering interesting new restaurants (ho hum), or simply curled up during the winter months, catching up with must-see movies on our wide screen TV.
It’s been a hard slog. But once again I find myself dusting off the beat-up fedora hat and Dr Who scarf, and brandishing my Malacca silver-tipped cane in order to direct two of four plays that are to be performed at the beginning of March in Benijofar.
I have, in all seriousness, enjoyed the freedom from rehearsal nights, but equally seriously I now realise, I have missed the feelings of anticipation and adrenaline rush that begins as opening night approaches.
And because I am a new boy with the drama group ACTS, the prospect of making new friends is also appealing and very welcome.
It’s the actors that receive the plaudits after each successful production run, and rightly so, but there is a deep sense of fulfilment and even exhilaration as a director, to watch your ideas interpreted into the finished article on stage.
In any case, being a basically shy and introverted individual, I prefer to remain in the background.
Having been involved with am-dram for 20 years in the UK, which included writing and directing, it was a conscious decision not to inflict on myself the arduous job of learning lines once I retired and moved to Spain, and so I made up my mind to concentrate solely on direction.
And apart from the odd sketch, that’s exactly what I have done.
There was a strong element of laziness in that decision I have to admit, but although I do not profess to be another Trevor Nunn or Peter Hall, I also came to realise that directing, as opposed to treading the boards, gave me a much deeper sense of satisfaction and made me think that perhaps in another life …?
DUETS, a collection of four one-act plays by Peter Quilter will be staged at the Benijofar Cultural Centre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Curtain up 7.30pm.
Tickets are €8 and are available by phoning: 646 277 724 or emailing: [email protected] Also in person from: The Card Shop, Benimar, Redz, Quesada. Cards & More, La Marina. Catorce Restaurant, Benijofar and The Post Box, Doña Pepa.