Crawling around like a wild animal
Making bath bombs
Clapping a clapperboard
Shouting at the top of my lungs
Discussing politics in Outdoor Theatre
Practicing my rusty German
…are just a few of the many wonderful things I have had the opportunity to do as part of my internship with Justice in Motion. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve alongside Anja Meinhardt and the Justice in Motion team. I have found Anja to be particularly inspiring in the passionate hard work she puts in daily, the sacrifices she makes for the work and the generous way in which she loves and supports those working alongside her.
Possibly I could spend the next paragraphs deep in philosophical reverie thinking about the connection between theatre and justice and what I have discovered about myself in the process. Instead I have decided to write 20 lessons that I have learned during my time here in order to satisfy the numerically and logistically inclined among us:
- Parkours athletes can actually act.
- You can get a lot done in one day.
- Filming is frustrating.
- Awareness can bring societal change.
- Sometimes £10k is a lot of money and sometimes it’s a drop in the ocean.
- Somehow despite the chaos everything seems to work out.
- Staring into another person’s eyes for 5 minutes is uncomfortable and life giving.
- A set made of scaffolding can become an enemy.
- Prayer is powerful.
- The most balls ever juggled is 14.
- Positive attitudes can change an entire show.
- Slavery is everywhere.
- Playing is an important part of rehearsal.
- Theatre companies drive around a lot.
- There is a place called Great Yarmouth.
- Networking opens doors.
- Theatre is more than entertainment.
- You best learn from failure not success.
- Humans are the most terrible and wonderful beings on the planet.
- Laughter is important in the midst of darkness.
Thank you Justice in Motion for the time, the learning and the joy.
Yours truly for the final time,
Internship, Justice in Motion Intern