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Take Five with Rob Copeland

Rob Copeland is one half of the team which produces 'Inside The West End’, a free fortnightly podcast featuring in-depth interviews from the world of theatre, from Tim Minchin to veteran ensemble members, to dancers to backstage crew, to directors and producers.  

Rob and his fellow podcaster, Ben Morris, are both professional actors who have worked on big arena tours right down to small fringe shows.  They bring their personal experience and knowledge to this, the first podcast to get behind the scenes of the industry and give an honest and well rounded view of the theatre from the perspective of the people who work in it.

People Can't Read Your Mind

I knew this couple who were very happy together, but unbeknownst to each other, had a little communication problem.  I know this because they used to confide in me.  Not huge, earth shattering secrets, but little annoying things.  The biggest problem was:

He had a habit of tapping a pencil all the time when he was thinking or writing notes.  He didn’t know he did it, but all the time there was a constant tap, tap, tap.

This really annoyed his wife, but she didn’t tell him.  But every time he did it, if she was reading a newspaper, she would noisily turn the pages making a real song and dance out of it.

The “I Am…” Alphabet Game

Sometimes we all need a little boost, something to remind ourselves what we can do/who we are.  However, we might not feel entirely comfortable sitting down listing all the things we are great at, or the pleasing personality traits we possess.

I have a game I play sometimes with clients who need a little bit of confidence building. Even with very modest clients, it relaxes them. And like many things which are seemingly fun and frivolous, you can uncover little nuggets of gold during the process.

Not a Failure, Just the Next Step

I recently watched a fascinating documentary about the athleteSir Roger Bannister.

Whilst doing his full-time job as a junior doctor in the 1950s, he was also training, when he could, for the 1952 Helsinki Olympics where he ran in the 1500 metres.

Although he set a British record, he came in fourth, missing out on the medals. It was speculated that had he won the gold medal he was aiming at, he would have retired. Had that happened, his name would have gone on to the roster of world-class, Olympic standard athletes, a fine achievement.

Energy Sappers

I was working with a client recently on her creative blocks. In passing, she mentioned that every time she opened the top drawer of her desk to get a pen or paperclip, she had to fight her way through staples, cartridges, rubber bands, etc., and every time she would get annoyed.

She sensibly put a task on her to-do list - “Sort out the desk drawer". This was a good idea, except that she never seemed to get round to doing it. Now not only was she annoyed every time she open the drawer, she was also frustrated that "sort out the desk drawer" kept coming up on the to-do list.