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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

DAY 61, 62 & 63 - Very good indeed

The past few days have been so good I haven't even had time to write about them. Even worse, I just realised I have no decent photos! None. Nada. All I have is this one photo of my massive veggie roast at the Latchmere/Theatre 503. (I could've worn the Yorkshire pudding as a hat.) The only consolation is that I did have the pre-show meal with brilliant director Claire Mullane (in blue) and one of my great actors George Jovanovic (grey).
Sustenance before the "premiere". 
Claire and George and actor Nick Downes, made up the team that took my short play Nineteen from page to stage as part of Theatre 503's Rapide Write Response event. With very little time to rehears they made the characters, a father and son in a very vulnerable moment, seem heart achingly real. Both shows offered new discoveries and it's been such a thrill to be part of the whole process. There's so much I've learned just by observing how the others work. And I'd like to think I've also made some new friends.

 So a big thank you to "my" RWR team and to those who came and saw the play! 

I hope your week has started off well!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

DAY 60: My Saturday List


Here are three things I've appreciated so far today:

1. Lunch - Yes, it looked way dodgy, like uncooked mince meat, but I had a really nice beetroot risotto. I also realised how English I've become because I had tea with lunch. Not AFTER lunch, but WITH lunch. I think I'm ready for that citizenship test ...
Don't judge a food by its colour?
2. Socks - I finally decided to got out at get proper running socks that are supposed to keep you from getting blisters. My shoes are fine, I just have sensitive feet and it's a bummer if I have to take long breaks between runs. If these ones turn out to be any good, I'll go back and get a few more pairs. (They had some cool colours!)
Hmm. My foot looks super weird ...
3. Soundtrack - We've finalised the music for tomorrow's show. The choices might seem at bit unlikely at first glance (listen?) but I think they'll work really well! One of these days I'll share, but of course if you want the full effect, you'll have to come and see the performances! ;)

Right! Time to enjoy the evening! I hope you're all having a great weekend,

Friday, 17 October 2014

DAY 59: They see me coming


Greetings from the Running Raspberry. I've been thinking I might need to update my exercise gear. As the weather has gotten worse, I've been "forced" to wear my super pink rain coat outdoors (I can't really use my other one) and it makes me a tad "eye-catching". Today while having a jog I made a pros and cons list:

Pro - It might be good to glow in the dark so traffic etc. sees me.
Con - Do I really want EVERYONE to see me?

Going against the elements.
Call me silly, but sometimes I worry when I move about in the evening. I don't think I'm being completely unreasonable, things happen in a city like London, people disappear, bodies are found. Do I want a potential predator to see me coming a mile away? Wouldn't it be better if I was dressed for stealth mode and snuck past them? OR might my pinkness actually deter them? If they can see me coming then so can everyone else and perhaps it's harder to harass someone who looks like an out of breath Post It-note?  
My shoes don't make things that much better ...
As you might've noticed, I get bored while exercising. Too much time to think. I still didn't come to a conclusion though so I have "entertainment" for a few more runs. I guess I could always stay out of the rain and the dark, but that would mean not going out for the next 6 months ... (Hmm. Heureka?)

I'm not sure what the happy bit in this entry is but I guess getting some "fresh" air and being left alone counts?

Hope you've enjoyed your week and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

DAY 58: Easy Peasy


My evening plans fell through so I decided to stay in and order sushi. Sometimes, that's happiness in a delivered box. 
A surprisingly unappetizing photo of sushi. 
We had another day of rehearsals today and now I won't see any of "my" team before Sunday when we have tech and then the first performance in the evening. They guys are still doing great and today emotions were running high!

That's all for now. I hope you've had a great day!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

DAY 57: They're coming alive!

Good evening!

How are you? I spent most of the day in rehearsals for the shows on Sunday and Monday. It was so much fun! "My" director and actors are brilliant and I really admire their energy and focus. I was mainly observing them while they worked and I was still knackered by the end. We're continuing tomorrow and I can't wait to see how it evolves!
I'm glad to get another day. I love watching plays and films, but I've always been even more fascinated by how things work behind the scenes. When someone gave me a DVD or VHS (!) as a kid, I would sometimes go straight for the  extra material where they talked about the making of the film. I guess that's why I enjoy doing work as an extra as well. A lot of the time it's boring and tiring, but you also learn new things and get to see what few other people get to see. Fingers crossed for an equally good day tomorrow!

Have a nice evening!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

DAY 56: My favourite comedian

I had a brief conversation about punctuation last week (all conversations about punctuation are best kept brief) and it reminded me of one of my all time favourite comedians/musicians; Victor Borge! My mum first introduced me to him when I was little and I loved how he combined stand up comedy with some great piano playing. It was a sad day when he passed away.

The reason I was reminded of Borge was that he had a routine about punctuation which I found hilarious as a child and I still giggle every time I see it.

He also had several routines where he played with other pianists. I did a fair bit of  piano for four hands back in the day and it was always a miracle that my partner and I didn't get all tangled up. I guess that's why I enjoy this one:

One of these rainy days I'm going to settle down in front of Youtube and watch all the available clips! The quality might not be great but much of the humor still is. 

Hope you're having a good week!

Monday, 13 October 2014

DAY 55: Don't mess with the professor of comparative literature

Wasn't Hugh Grant going to stop making films? The rain drove me back into the cinema today after work and I ended up seeing The Rewrite, the first romantic comedy I've seen since About Time. Considering the plot; A washed up screenwriter is forced to leave LA and teach screenwriting at a small university, I almost felt obligated to see it.
I thought I'd get the theatre all to myself but then three other people walked in. Rude.
Two facts: The world of screenwriting is tough. The world of academia is tough. A screenwriter in an academic setting could equal some explosive or hilarious moments ... But no. The film felt tired - just like the main character; an awkward (but ultimately lovable) British man who always ends up saying the wrong thing (a Grant classic). The cheapo soundtrack was straight out of the 90s and drove me mad. In the film's defence, there were a few funny lines and I did enjoy the "in screenwriting class" and mentoring scenes, which felt quite familiar to an ex screenwriting student.

The great thing is, I don't feel bad about seeing mediocre films anymore, because at the end of the day, it's now my job to watch films (amazing!) and just like the good ones, the bad films can teach me something.

Now, I know exactly what I want to see next! Ghostbusters at the cinema! In honor of the film's 30th anniversary (I'm as old as Ghostbusters!) they've restored the film to new glory and they're screening it at the end of this month. I loved Ghostbusters as a kid! You know who you gonna to call!

Hope your week has started off well!