Hello Internet, today is Saturday, March 19th, and on Thursday, we had our closing performance at Clarenville’s Eastlink Event Centre.
About 250 students and teachers poured into the theatre to see the show, bringing our tour total to an estimate audience of 1870! We had 4 health workers join us for talk back afterwards, and we were asked some brand new questions, including what sort of treatments were available for mental illness and what drives Anna to make the choices she makes. What a neat feeling it is to be thinking on my feet on the final day!
Yesterday, we packed up the cars and came home. After some running around and returning rental equipment and the van, all that’s left to do is to run a few numbers and write a few reports… and to write back a few folks who have expressed some very real interest in having the show tour to their region!
Although there has been a huge focus on mental health throughout this project, we are proud of Give Me Back for what it is by itself: a piece of theatre. We owe a lot to the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, who came on board to sponsor the tour and who regularly support art & culture in Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the Canada Council for the Arts, which invests in artistic work nation-wide.
As Laura said to me a few days ago, there is always a sense, when we come to the end of a Give Me Back project, that it isn’t the end. The song in her head that day was:
We’ll meet again. Don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again one sunny day…