I'm not gonna lie, I love doing this show. Ever since Rebecca Northan created Blind Date (8 years ago, maybe?) I have been thrilled to be a part of it. .
For those of you who don't know, in "Blind Date" a willing audience member goes on a blind date with Mimi - a sexy French clown. Anything can happens and often does....
It is never the same twice.
We have a structure, but the door is open to possibilities. We call this "Spontaneous Theatre": a mixture of Improvisation and Theatricality. I find it endlessly fascinating.
I am one of the "sceneographers" on the show. What that means is that I help to set the scenes, change the scenery, and play added characters as necessary: a waiter, a next-door neighbour, anything that is required…
I have witnessed well over 200 of these blind dates and they are infinitely entertaining and I am humbled by the willingness of our guests....It requires such great bravery and honesty and I learn something new every time I do it. It embodies what I love so much about theatre, in that it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will never happen again.
Every show feels like a piece of history is being made, and I am honoured to be a small part of that.
The show has been touring for a good while now and has always been a hetero show... one question we get is: does she ever pick a woman???
During the Buddies in Bad Times run the show has been queered so that Mimi is played by Julie Orton (our lesbian clown) and Mathieu is played by David Benjamin Thomlinson (our gay clown).
It is fascinating to witness two complete strangers connecting. It feels like a privilege in so many ways. I am constantly overcome with emotion at how brave our "dates" are. To get up onstage and play along with us? It could be awful! It could go horribly wrong.
The underlying principal of the show (well... there are many) - but one of the main ones is to take very good care of our audience member. We only go as far as they want. Consent is key. We hope to honour our guests and to slowly reveal the romantic hero within. By taking care of our guest, we offer a safe place and a nurturing place where our true selves can be free to express themselves.
I tip my hat to Buddies in Bad Times for offering this space. I tip my hat to Rebecca Northan for creating this show. i tip my hat to Julie and David for offering the best parts of themselves, and I especially tip my hat to the Dates who are brave enough to say yes and to go on one of the wildest rides one can take in the theatre.