LastMinuteLucie and the search for time

painting faces-Gangshow 2014

I haven’t done any drawing this week of half term – not on paper anyway.

This week is Gangshow week. 90 odd children on stage Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, with two matinees and I am in charge of the make up team.

That means I get to spend every evening (and two matinees) wielding a series of brushes loaded with ‘paint’ and transform day faces into stage faces. It’s been really interesting to see how the lights change our work. What seems pretty heavy in the make up room becomes beautifully natural on stage.

I love how each face is a new challenge and how, while we all have eyes, nose, mouth, cheekbones, the shapes are so different in every face and each person has something that gives them beauty.

I went to watch the show with some of my Guides last night and I love it’s joy and it’s innocence in an age when the race to adulthood gets faster year by year and life is only deemed interesting if we are laughing, at someone else’s expense -usually through electronic media.

It is real.

It’s only short lived, but the memory it leaves and the friendships it engenders live long a time.

Here’s the link if you’d like to see it for yourself


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