I've been very occupied recently with a new venture - theatre.
Writing was easy.
Directing, less so.
I have two actors.
One night in rehearsal we'd finished around 8pm.
So it was dark outside and we were the last people in the building.
We carried everything out of the rehearsal room.
I ask my actor,
Me: Eh, you're last out, switch off the light?
We dump everything in the staff room, lights off, lock up, and are about to leave.
He didn't turn out the light.
We all look down the dark corridor.
Actor: We'll wait here.
Me: No, you have to come!
I know how dark it gets.
I'm not going alone.
Together we go & switch out the last light.
It's super dark.
The college is like a maze of window-less corridors and the few windows there are let in the tiniest sliver of moonlight.
Actor: I left my water bottle in the staff room…
We trapse back towards the staff room.
It feels like we're all thinking the same thing, but no one wants to say it out loud.
Until, quietly, from behind my ear...
Actor: This is the part in the movie where someone gets killed…
Me: I know right?
I couldn't quite see his eyes.
I ran away a little, feeling like that might be his cue to stab me…
I rummaged in my bag for the staff room key.
In the semi-darkness.
Then I stepped forward, reaching blindly for the key hole.
I push the key into the door…AND THE DOOR OPENS!!
FREAKOUT - OMG - I LOCKED IT ALREADY, HOWISITOPENOMG?!?!
*TERRIFIED DOUBLE GASP & DROP THE KEY*
Actor: No, no, don't do that?!
Me: But-, I-, the door-!??!!?
Actor thinks I'm playing a cruel trick, steps forward, reaches into the staff room and switches on the light.
Which reveals that I had, in fact, locked the door but that I hadn't closed it properly first.
So it was still open.
[this is luther. we created him in rehearsals. now i bet you're wondering what the play is about, huh?]
Actor: Oh. I like how you thought someone was going to kill you…so you took one step backwards.
I was like….proper too scared to move.
I hope no one does try to kill me cos I clearly won't do much about it…