“Three minutes to doors!” I remember saying this loudly and firmly (never in a panicked way, despite what I might have been feeling) on many’s the occasion in an attempt to hurry both tech and on-stage talent to assume their pre-show positions when we ran Theatre at the Savoy in Limerick a number of years back.
You see The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On is a wonderful and beautiful discipline imposed on and adopted by the people who make it happen in an equally wonderful and beautiful industry – live entertainment.
I love the industry; you can beat an egg, but you can’t beat … live entertainment!
My good buddy, Pius McGrath and I were were ‘steady-testing’ some bar stools (good of us don’t you think?) when he uttered the title phrase for this week’s Coffee with Colm episode and I thought “Hmmm, there’s way more depth in it than one might first imagine.”
We were reminiscing about times gone by, when for a handful of years a group of us, initially Pius, Maeve McGrath and Yours Truly (later joined by Aideen O’Brien and Tara Doolan) collaborated to create Theatre at the Savoy in Limerick.
To find out more about that little adventure and the fantastic lessons we can all learn from the live entertainment industry, watch the six-minute video, listen to the six-minute podcast, or read on below…
Theatre at the Savoy was a lunchtime/teatime/lunchtime event which happened at payday each month, ie the last Thursday and Friday of the month (we called ourselves Payday Productions) and while our shows started at 1pm and 6pm respectively, the dual principles of The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On held firm each and every time for circa 120 wonderful shows presented over a three and a half year period. It didn’t matter what had happened in the intervening month, nor earlier in show week, nor indeed earlier on show day – we lived The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
Another good friend of mine, the legend that is Bibi Baskin, presented more than 1,000 live TV shows during the early part of her career… she was telling a group of us her story at her Masterclass in Public Speaking (also at the Savoy Hotel, Limerick) during the week. Bibi and all the crew lived by The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On. Once the camera was rolling, that was it.
(Btw Bibi has generously agreed to tell her story at the world’s first Lonelypreneur Summit** in Galway on Friday 22nd Nov – details below)
You see the discipline of The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On is forced upon the live entertainment industry by the very fact that there may be 3, 30, 300, 3,000 or 30,000 people waiting in their seats for something to happen!
In live entertainment, there is no hiding place.
You and I can learn from this and bring it into our professional and personal lives.
My friend, in the same way I’ve said in the past that professionals never lose*, professionals also never miss a deadline – The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
What’s your day job? The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On. Or does it? Do you often find yourself procrastinating just because you can?
What’s your business? The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On. Or does it? Do you find yourself delivering late on promises, products or services supplied just because there are no immediate consequences?
Carambola, my business (and day job) delivers school lunches so we MUST turn up – sixteen years later, 40 million lunches, always delivered! The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
In many aspects of life, The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
- When you have made an appointment: The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
- When you have made a commitment to have that report ready: The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
- When you have a date: The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
- When you have a deadline to submit a tender: The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
- When you have to catch a flight: The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
Do you want to set yourself apart from the competition? In whatever you do, commit to The Show Goes Up At 8 o’clock – The Show Must Go On.
On your behalf, I say thank you to the wonderful live entertainment industry and it’s myriad diverse tribe which pulls giant white rabbits out of impossibly tiny hats each and every day to make it happen day in, day out around the world for the rest of us to enjoy. Props people.
Thanks for thinking with me and Pius (and Arthur!)
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- Anything worth doing is worth doing… badly! Click here.
- It’s all GUJI – Yours Truly interviews Alan Andrews over coffee in his latest boutique coffee venue- click here
- “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda – click here.
- My famous ‘Man on the Train’ story – click here.
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