Monday, September 29, 2014

First big weekend in Glasgow

Well. It has been a long week. More information than you can shake a stick at! I will admit that I was starting to fade somewhere around Thursday morning. However, during our MA CCT session, everyone presented a monologue. Wow. Seriously. Everyone totally rocked it. I cannae wai' t' work with this incredibly talent'd group of actors! HUZZAH! I will say, a class favorite was Keith's monologue from The Specialist by Eric Bogosian. That afternoon we got a tour of the gorgeous new Wallace studios which houses the costumes, scene shop, sound and lighting, as well as dance and rehearsal spaces. We will luckily be rehearsing a lot here.
At the end of the day we had a panel discussion with the outgoing cohort of MA CCTs. Mostly, what they were asked to talk about was their placement, the research project, and their mentor. Very fascinating. It was nice to hear that some experiences were great and some were just OK and that almost everything they did came out of projects and contacts that were made throughout the year. Word Of The Day: PASSION. As long as you have passion for something, it will happen (If you build it, they will come.) The discussion then migrated down the block to The Flying Duck. Very cool basement bar that I am sure will be a frequent haunt of ours from now on.
I got to talk to a couple of the Americans briefly and Claire from New Zealand, but I mostly talked with Maria from Sweden. She gave me tons of inside info on the upcoming year, including when/how/where I will get my stage combat fix. DOUBLE HUZZAH!!

Friday could not come soon enough! One last long day of welcome meetings.
In our final session with Mark, we reflected on our meeting with last years cohort. Then we discussed the schedule for the upcoming week. Finally! Acting! BOOM TOWN!
That night, we decided to have our first major gathering... PARTY TIME! First week was in the bag and we were on top of the world! At about 8pm, we had all squeezed cozily into our favorite Aussy's swanky studio apartment. THANKS CLAIRE!!!!
I made almost a full bottle of brandy's worth of old fashions. 
TRIPLE HUZZAH!!! Now, off the +BLOC bar...

Sunny Happy Glorious Saturday.
Needless, to say, people were a little worse for wear on our first day off. It was a fantastic day to sleep in... and go to a three and a half hour production of Hamlet! YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHAAAaaaaahahahahahahaaaaawaaawaawaawa(continue into sobbing). Hamlet will get it's own oh-so-very-special-post soon. Don't you worry your pretty little heads.

"A Loch to look forward to on Sunday."
YEAH SUNDAY! Today was fabulous. A group of us decided to go to Loch Lomond today. However, Fiona's car could only fit five, so the lovely Becky and I had to make our own way. I'm pretty sure we left about the same time as the others, FYI.
We took the train out to Balloch around 12:15. It was a pleasant 40ish min. Right, Becky? Anyway, I thought it would be fun (Right, Becky?) to document our day on my ipad and make a little movie/trailer (COMING SOON!) When we got to Balloch, our tourist-know-how told us to go to the information center first. Well done Becky! (She can have credit for that one.) I bought a new sticker, huzzah, and we made our way down the lovely wooded trail to the Loch Lomond Shores center.

Becky REALLY wanted to go to the Loch Lomond Aquarium, right Becky? But I said no, because I'm mean, right Becky?

About time to eat, right Becky? We grabbed some food from Zest Cafe which, of course, was misleading because most food in the UK, other than Indian, is quite bland in my opinion. We wondered around the shops and market that was there, wondering if our friends were ever going to show up or if they were lost, or that they just simply didn't like us and stood us up as a joke. Most of the rest of the day was defined by a missed phone call and a call back with directions. Right, Becky?
When the group finally showed up, they were hungry, so we all went to Zest. This time I got a cappuccino which was the zestiest thing I could think of on the menu.

Afterwards, Becky basically begged us all to go to the aquarium or she would throw herself off of the docks. Right, Becky? (The group seemed to think that Becky and I were bickering like an old married couple, right Becky? This was ridiculous as Becky and I had a perfectly wonderful day together, right Becky?)

Eddie, being a former rower, wanted to go out on the water. YEAH WATER!!! We all split a six person double canoe except Becky, who obviously needed to walk off the extreme sadness and regret she felt for not being able to go the aquarium.
As we made our way back to the car and train station I got a little more footage for my film project and while doing a series of leaps across camera, poor little Eddie ripped his pants. :-)

All in all, a perfectly wonderful day. Right, Becky?

Can't wait to get into the program work on Monday! QUADRUPLE HUZZAH!!!!


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