what a strange few months it has been with ongoing uncertainty around Australia. Many of the people I’ve connected with recently have started to really recognise the ongoing impacts of the pandemic in all kinds of unexpected ways. To put it bluntly, many of us are feeling exhausted by uncertainty and feel somewhat frozen when it comes to making plans. I have been grappling with this myself for a long time, wondering if it’s frivolous to go out to events or even crazy to stage events myself during the pandemic.
We all hoped 2021 would be a better year and we’d start to move beyond all this uncertainty – but alas, we are still living amongst it.
For those of you who might be reading this while living in lockdown in NSW, ACT & Vic – I send you so much love. I cannot imagine how challenging each day must feel right now. Please don’t be afraid to hit reply here to tell me how you are. I hope you have been able to be kind to yourself and take care.
For those of us here in South Australia (and other states) who have less heavy restrictions in place, I think there is a quiet state of disbelief that we are able to go about most of our daily activities. With mask wearing and some reduced capacities, we have been very blessed to be so safe in SA.
I’ve heard the rumblings and concerns about when our next lockdown will occur in SA and while I can’t ignore that it is a possibility, I am working hard to make the most of what we have right at this moment in time. I know it is intimidating to make plans in advance, but…
Love at a Distance is happening at Holden Street Theatres this weekend!
Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th at 6:30pm We have the privilege to leave our homes and celebrate the changing of seasons and to ‘make hay while the sunshines.’
Yes, we may have restrictions in the future, but we are right here in this exact moment in time and that’s all we can be certain of. At this point we are experts in changing plans last minute and rescheduling.
Over the past two weeks I have done what I can to make the most of the opportunities we have here in Adelaide to get out and see art, music and theatre. To connect with people through conversations and remind myself how important face to face interactions can be for all of us. It has been both overwhelming and incredibly inspiring and I’d love to encourage you to, if you are able, to take a chance and make plans to do the same.
This will be the last time that I will perform “Love at a Distance” in Adelaide for a long time.
I’m incredibly proud of this show, the way that it showcases diverse perspectives and perhaps otherwise untold love stories.
I am proud of the way that this show has touched, moved and inspired people. The way that it has helped people better understand themselves and how their Love Languages impact their relationships each day.
But upon a lot of self-reflection over the past few weeks, I am especially proud of how this show has helped me to better understand myself and my story.
Stories are incredibly powerful, they can inspire communities to come together and help people to heal and grow. They can help us to build empathy and understanding and find new ways to feel connected.
I hope that you can make it along to support this final season of “Love at a Distance” at Holden Street Theatre. I also hope that you might feel inspired to see some of the other artists that have been programmed at Holden Street Theatres by the team at Adapt Enterprises or other works that artists have been working so hard to create and present in COVID Safe ways for all of us.Right now, we don’t know exactly what tomorrow may bring. But what I have learned is sitting in uncertainty and fear doesn’t serve me or help me. Instead I’m remembering to be kind to myself and taking small steps forward each day. So if, like me, you want to make the ‘make hay’ and you want to support creative work and connect with people through stories – then please consider booking a ticket and coming along to see some live events in the not too distant future. I hope to see you again someday soon, until then be kind and stay safe.
With much love and gratitude, Phi aka the Ukulele Dream Girl ❤️