Monday, September 21, 2015

All finished. Now, to let that sink in...

It's been almost two weeks since my final showcase at the Soho Theatre in London for my now finished MA in acting. I'm not even gonna say how many weeks it's been since my last blog. Oops...

Both showcases in Glasgow and the one in London went very well. It was nice to end on a high note! Then I got the pleasure of some quality friend time in the city for my birthday weekend and a little jaunt to Kent to ease me back into Glasgow living. The rest of my year (since my last blog post) went by so fast that I haven't really had time to process or reflect on it until now. 

After our long break following Edward II and the New York Showcase, we had a month of random workshops lasting 1-3 days each. We had a nice few days with anti-realism and Ewan Downie and several one-day sessions with various members of the artistic community including Candice from Vox Motus, Carter Ferguson, Nick Bone, story writing with Visible Fictions AD Dougie Irvine, and a lovely clown/Feldenkrais workshop with Tim Licata.

Many of us in the cohort were involved in a new works festival called On The Verge held at the Arches, which unfortunately was one of the last things held there before in was shut down. Such a shame. 

Cam and I performed an original silent film-style pie-in-the-face sketch at the grand reopening of the stage at the world famous Britannia Panopticon, the oldest surviving music hall where Stan Laurel got his start.

In June and July I had the pleasure of being part of a promenade production of Love's Labour's Lost at Bard in the Botanics. I played Constable Dull and got to escort the audience around the various locations around the gardens as well as play my bugle onstage again! I considered this my placement for the program and It has defintiely been a highlight of the year.

August basically didn't even register. After bits and pieces of workshops we finally rehearsed and performed our new writing produtions. I feel extremely lucky to have had Alan McKendrick as my playwright. I just love his style and the unique poetry of his writing. Ohh Graveyard, You Can't Hold Me Always had it's ups and downs, but mostly just ups. I got to really showcase some of my bread and butter acting styles. The vignette style piece gave way to a lot of playing and we all had ample room to stretch our avante-garde wings, as it were. Along with Dull at Bard and now Ray the cop/probation officer and Dudley the loss provention officer, I have finally started playing cops. I have a feeling that this will be a recurring theme over the bulk of my career. ;-) 

The second half of August was full of Edinburgh Fringe. Cam and I took part five days in two weeks and saw about 5/6 shows each day. SO MUCH THEATRE!!!! We saw a several things at the Traverse including An Oak Tree and Swallow. Most of what we saw was at the Assembly or Cowgate venues. We saw the amazing Superbolt group do Jurassic Park, an amazing Dublin company do a one-man show called Underneath about the soul of a mamed young girl, a dou of Shakespeare improver's, a play version of Trainspotting, a live blog with Steven Tobolowsky, an beautiful and intimate two hander called One Day When We Were Young, One-Man Hamlet Gary Busey (Quite-possibly the worst yet watchable show at the fringe, Vox Motus's Dragon, Shit-Faced Shakspeare does Merchant of Venice (I got to blow the bugle for him to drink), Robert Lepage's 887, the palpable Transcripts, Hotel Paradiso, sock puppet theatre, and a show called Fictions which happened in complete darkness.

The last week was spent on showcase rehearsals. What a whirlwind. Special thanks to my two scene partners, Sophie Kisilevsky and Kristin Morris, who were amazing and I can't imagine having done better scenes with better actresses. Amazing work.

That brings us to today. I have a cold and am waiting to go to a talk with the legendary Mike Alfreds at the CCA. After that, it's a month or so until graduation. I have a couple of prospects, maybe some directing. We'll see what trips my fancy...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

OPENING NIGHT!!!!!



It's opening night of Edward II. The last few weeks have been pretty intense. I am very much looking forward to having an audience tonight. It will be good to do our final dress/tech this afternoon though. Get out all those last minute kinks...

We are also in the final strech of rehearsals for our american showcase. Come Saturday, a week in NYC will be much desired. Well, here's to the end of the Renaissance! Sounds like we're selling out shows, so yeah! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Renaissance of 2015

It's been a crazy month since the Globe.

We finished in London with our performance of scenes from Love's Labour's Lost to a crowd that's twice as big as most residency showings at the Globe. I'm so happy my mom got to see it and meet everyone. We then had a nice weekend in and around London. Went to a few museums, saw a show, visited Hampton Court, and even got a backstage tour meet and greet with a couple of my friends from The Rose Theatre in Kingston. 

A month in London was fantastic, but I will say that I was very happy to return to my little room in Glasgow. Upon returning, I had a nice easy week of recovery from the hubbub of the big city. We even saw Bard in the Botanics five-handed touring production of Romeo & Juliet. Very good. Then spent the next week prepping up for Edward II. 

We are now starting our third week of rehearsal. As far as I'm concerned, everything has been going very well. We got through the whole play in about four days for the first crack. I am really loving my journey thus far and my bevy of characters. I'm also looking forward to our vocal support at the end of this week. It's always good to focus and solidify. 

I am also Fight Captain for both Edward II and King Lear. We've now had two sessions with our choreographer and I've been running regular fight calls with the Lear ladies. So that's nice. :-) This past Saturday we had an afternoon session working on devised battle-ography for Edward II. Then on Sunday a few of us dressed up to the nines and had some fancy drinks at the Corinthian Club. Now, back to lines... 

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Globe

Last night I was privileged to grace the boards of the Globe stage for our RCS MACCT culminating presentation of scenes from Love's Labour's Lost. We had double the audience that school presentations usually get. The air was crisp and cold, but the hearts were warm and inviting. What a truly fantastic group of actors and directors I get to work with. I have had a wonderful and challenging time this past month with some of the best educators in the world! Thank you to the staff and everybody at the Globe for making this experience a memorable one. Until next time Shakespeare...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From the groundlings to the gods!

Continuing our work at the Globe, we have intigrated as much of the technique and knowledge as our brains can handle into our scenes for this Thursdays performance. This month has gone ridiculously fast. Last week we learned our jig from the ever-effervescent Huw Prall and we had one our last classes in voice, movement, and singing. 

Yesterday, after what was collectively only about a day and a half's worth of rehearsal, we presented our director's scenes to an audience on the Globe Stage. The three scenes were from Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, Christopher Marlowe's Massacre of Paris, and my scene, Campaspe by John Lyly, in which I played Alexander the Great. I am proud to say that we are the first group to perform any of John Lyly's words on the Globe stage. I am now also completely smitten with his works! 

Today, my mom arrives in London!!! YEAH!!!! Tomorrow I get to perform on the Globe stage again!!!!! 

This week just keeps getting better!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Globe at my fingertips!

It is currently Sunday afternoon on the 18th of January, 2015. Today is my second day off and end of week 2 in our month of study at Shakespeare's Globe in London. I want to make this very clear:

I am living a dream.

It keeps hitting me in waves. I am studying at one of the best theater schools in the UK and get to learn from some of the best educators and foremost authority on Shakespeare in the world. I also have the amazing privilege to perform twice on the Globe stage AND my mom is making a last minute visit get to see me!!! I am beyond ecstatic. 

We have been doing some really fantastic work with the Globe staff. Everything is relevant and makes me never want to leave this place. I am so glad we a got to have an introductory session with Kate Sagovsky in Glasgow. Her movement work is brilliant. We have spent a lot of time on the 360 degree body and recently began to work with kinespheres and spacial relationships. SPACE IS AMAZING!!!!

Alex Bingley's voice classes have really focused us and integrate so seemlessly with our movement work as well as our singing sessions with Joseph Atkins, who is brilliant. We have learned a round that he composed for the 450 anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. He also composed, just for us, a gorgeous, haunting arrangement for "The Owl and the Cuckoo" from Love's Labour's Lost which we will sing at the end of our presentation at the end of the month. 

Nick Hutchison  is a genius and a so passionate and excited about Shakespeare and especially Love's Labour's. So much insight. Dr. Will Tosh and James Wallace have been an invaluable source of information. If everyone were more like our dance master, Huw Prall, the world would be a better place. The Globe staff in general have been very welcoming and wonderful. 

Outside of that, I have gotten to chill out in London a little bit. Found some good restaurants. I hit up Camden Market last weekend, the amazing amount of period weaponry in the Wallace Collection today and now am just finishing memorizing my lines for our presentation in two weeks. 

Life is good.