There’s nothing like the feeling of being backstage on show night. All the months of preparation, rehearsals and stress have been leading up to this moment. Whether the show only runs for one evening or whether it runs a week, the nervous excitement is still the same. You love what you do and you want to do the show but at the same time you don’t want to actually go out on stage in front of all those people. It’s a conundrum that all performers face! Read our tips on how to deal with stage fright if you're someone who really struggles.
Stage fright isn't the only emotion performers face, though. Here are 25 more thoughts and emotions that performers go through before and during a show…
This is it! I’m so excited!
I’ll just do a speed run through.
Wait, what do I say after Joe’s line?
Oh no, it’s okay, I’ve got it. God, that better not happen when I’m out there.
I should probably stop drinking so much water or I’ll need to go in the middle of the show.
Ten minutes? Okay, I’m just nipping to the loo.
My stomach doesn’t feel good.
Like, it REALLY doesn’t feel good.
Stop being stupid, you’ve done this hundreds of times, you’ll be fine.
Just breathe. In and out, in and out…
Can people see me from here?
I can’t see the audience so they shouldn’t be able to see me, right?
I’ll just take another step back, just in case.
Yes! C’mon guys, let’s do this!
Okay, first scene down, no mistakes, this is great!
Wait, that was a funny line, why didn’t they laugh?
This audience is rubbish.
Either that or we're rubbish!
Remember to breathe.
Don’t stress but that scene which you couldn’t remember your line in earlier? Yeah, it’s coming up.
What was the damn line?!
Oh thank goodness! It just came out without me even thinking about it!
That’s crazy, I must be running on autopilot.
Don’t jinx it! Concentrate!
Interval, thank God! Clear the way to the loo, please!
Well, this isn't going too badly, is it?
Oh my goodness, this is actually going really quickly, only a couple more scenes to go!
Final scene, let’s make it a good one, guys!
I can't believe it's over!
Watch Hermione go through this entire process in just a couple of seconds...