Monday, 28 November 2011

Telling stories

What I really love about this course is the precision we are being taught to use when devising in physical theatre. The mantra that Bim seems to refer back to, as I think I shall be doing for the rest of my life, is 'Was everything clear?', and really, that's the absolutely crucial thing.  Because despite theatre being an artform, open to interpretation and development, if your audience doesn't get the story and empathise in the way you'd like them to, then you're probably telling it wrong. 

Stories are how we live and learn.  They are the way we pass down information from generation to generation, how we learn to be responsible as children and adults. I'm starting to feel excited about the stories I think I could tell, and even more excited now that I have a way of telling them.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

And here they are...

So here's a couple of videos from our last 2 presentations before the half term.  The first is the E & M presentation - we had to use a found object to manipulate to 3 minutes of Rossini's 'Thieving Magpie'.  We looked in particular at 3 different ways of manipulation - the object in the air (i.e. throwing and catching), the object in relation to the body, and the object in relation to the ground.  This is a really good way of starting to work with objects in general, I think.

And the second is the aerial presentation which took place just before half term.  Again, the brief was very basic, and about displaying what we had learnt technically during the first 6 weeks.  We were allowed to choose our own music and were required to use positions above, on and below the bar.  Can I just add here that I rehearsed and performed this whole piece with what I now know was a bruised rib.  Thank you.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Rather annoyingly, in this blog I wanted to post a couple of videos from presentations I did before we broke up for half term, but I can't get them onto the site because they're MOD files. Ideas, anyone?

So instead I'm going to have a whinge.  I really miss my partner!  I knew that coming away from home to go to Circomedia wouldn't be easy and that being apart from Matt was obviously going to be part of that,  but it really is hard.  I'm staying in lovely digs in Bristol with a lovely family, yet I'm getting to the stage now where I'm feeling fed up, because it's just not home. 

So here's to my beautiful boyfriend Matt whom I shall see on Friday, and here's to anyone else currently indulging in heartache.  Thanks for listening.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011


Half term, aahh.  I'm having this weird feeling of really wanting to relax and enjoy not training, mixed with absolute guilt at the thought that I'm not training, mixed with actually quite missing training.  I don't really know what to do with myself...

On Friday I attended a conference in Birmingham called 'Activating Circus in The West Midlands'.  It was a real eye opener, and to be honest, I felt completely out of my depth, surrounded by wonderful people who've been working in circus for over 25 years.  It was also a wake up call to what I'm going to have to get stuck into to market a show or act - the networking, giving out of business cards to strangers and general producer's terminology of which I'm currently completely ignorant.

And today I've been to see my physio, who is totally wonderful and so perceptive with the body.  Apparently I'm training the stronger side of my body too hard, which is resulting in a weak left shoulder and slightly smaller right buttock.  Fancy that!  Who would ever have thought that one of my buttocks would be described as 'small'!