Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss.
What shall I do?
Go and sit in the hall, dear.
Go and sit in the sink.
Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
Do whatever you think.
Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
What shall I do?
Keep it in your hand, dear.
Hide it up your vest.
Swallow it if you like, love.
Do what you think best.
Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps calling me rude names, Miss.
What shall I do?
I remember seeing this poem performed at the Polka Theatre and loving it.
Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
Run away to sea.
Do whatever you can, my flower.
But don't ask me!
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
The first meeting we had yesterday for the big community project has made me very very excited! Like Emma C. I am excited about being on the creative team, I am going to try and read lots of children's stories over the Christmas break.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Danielle has inspired me to write something about a book I read when I was travelling!
Its about a man who escapes from a prison in australia (he was a heroin addicted and armed robber). He travels to Inida where he meets a lot of people who he helps and who help him. But what I want to tell you about is a community who goes to live with in Bombay (you might know it as Mumbai where recently there has been terrorist attacks). He lives in a slum and he says it is the only place he can call home. The communtiy he describes is what I think a community should be like. There is a leader but he is a fair person, he rules by true democracy. All the people who live in the slum are in the same condition, they live in poverty and are at constant risk of their houses being burnt down or just falling down. But at the heart of this community is love. At one point a man who is very drunk is found to have beaten his wife nearly to death. The community rallied round and helped the woman but more amazing is how they dealt wit the man. He was punished severly as you would expect. The leader tells the man he will not drink ever again and will work very hard to earn lots of money. The wife will not see him for two months and after that time she will decide if she wants to go back to him. At this point the man will have to spend the money he was worked for on a holiday where they can reconcile their relationship. The whole community supports both the man and woman, even if they do not think it is right. There are many other examples in the story of how this great community works. I really recommend this book. It has many suprises and is a rollercoaster of emotion!
Friday, 5 December 2008
when you know someone has read your blog and responded. I think its such a great thing we are doing this year in Community. At first I didn't know if I was blogging the right sort of stuff but now if I have felt something about something, I automatically think 'ooo I'll post a blog'!
Posted by Rosie at 20:49
Thursday, 4 December 2008
In class today we discussed our ideal 'drama department' adn were encouraged to write about it on our blogs....so that is what I am going to do now!
Firstly, I would want more rehearsal spaces, because as you get nearer to performances it becomes harder to find a proper space to rehearse. I would also want them to be soundproofed. At Central School of Speech and Drama they have soundproofed rooms; so why not us?
I would want an actual theatre. We were meant to have a 'theatre' by Christmas last year but all we have is an unusuable foyeye. I think this is important because it means there is a space which cannot be used for lectures, which means that when you are performing it doesn't feel like your performing to your class.
Proper technical things as well, like up to date lighting and sound boards and a props cupboard which has fully working and usable props.
I think the drama department spaces should feel like they belong to everyone, so then everyone will feel pride in them....I'm not sure how we go about this.
Although, the lecturers we have are great, I think there is a need for a few more, so that we can have the best from various strands of drama.
I think we should have more training from the first year. I know for me the first year was a bit of a farce. I didn't learn that much and I didn't care about it either. I was never challenged, so I never had to take risks. I think if your taught to really care about your work from the moment you start your degree, then your commitment level thorughout the three years is automatically upped.
There is also a need for links with the professional world, outside the lighting and costume modules. Maybe agencies should be asked to come and see work put on by students, this will mean the bar will be raised, and as I have already said, the commitment levels upped too.
I'm sure I will thing of some more things, but this is it for now.
Posted by Rosie at 17:07
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
A cold, windy day out on the South Bank with my best friend. We were very cultural and went to the National Theatre to see 'The Half' exhibition. We both really liked the photos, which were taken over the years in the half before a performance goes up. There was a real nostalgia to the exhibition and the actors were incredibly well captured.
Monday, 17 November 2008
This is an exhibition on at The Oval House Theatre at the moment and it is brilliant! Some of the images were funny, others disturbing and some I didn't understand at all. If I could afford the £250 that some of these photos are selling for I would definitely buy one, but I am a poor, struggling student so I guess I will have to wait until I'm rich. But it was given me a bit of inspiration to go on the London Underground with my own camera and see what I can capture!
The Surreal Line
BY YUSUF OZKIZIL
The Surreal Line is a series of images taken from an ongoing project, documenting moments of chance on the London Underground where static billboards and posters coalesce with the world around them.
I'm interested in how these advertisements, specifically designed for delivering one message, can have that story completely hijacked - often by the mere framing of a window - creating an entirely new context. Commuters, who are somewhat static, withdrawn, and locked in their own private routines, are oblivious to these momentary collisions. I'm fascinated by these chance encounters, and needless to say I gave up reading on the tube after my first trip on the surreal line.
I was very excited about seeing this play. Its directed by Peter Hall, who obviously has a good reputation for his Shakespeare. I saw his Uncle Vanya last year at the same theatre; The Rose in Kinsgton and I loved it. The set, costume, sound, lighting, acting was consistent with eachother and the play made sense to me. I had never read it before and was expecting it to be a little boring but I was pleasently suprised. However, when I went to see Hall's Shakespeare I was not very happy. The acting was wonderful, the play was coming to the end of its run and so the actors were all comfortable with the text and eachother. But the set, costume and lights were not great and not consistent with eachother. The set had large iron gates in the centre which looked lovely but on either side of the stage there were two jacob ladders (thats what Al tells me they are called). I think the jacob ladders are apart of the The
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Channel 4 Dispatches aired a programme today about the belief in Niger Delta which says that some children are witches. Sudden deaths, poor harvests and other ailments are often blamed on small children, who are then abused, abandoned and even killed by their families and communities. Once a child is stigmatised it is often very difficult for them to be accepted back into their communities. The documentary is focused on the situation in Akwa Ibom where the Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network has the only rescue centre for abandoned children in the area. Gary Foxton is an englishman who with his charity Stepping Stones Nigeria helps to fund the rescue centre. He is a regular visitor to the area even though it is very dangerous westerners to go to. The programme comes to an end with Gary taking the children from the rescue centre to lobby government. He wants Akwa Ibom to enforce a law which is enacted elsewhere in Nigeria which makes the abuse of children illegal.
During the summer I went traveling through Thailand and Malaysia, I had a really wonderful time and met some amazing people who I will hopefully keep in contact with. During my time overseas I felt there was a huge backpacker community and wherever you were you always had the ability to meet people and become friends. Even though the same questions get asked and usually have the same answers you know you can sit on the beach or in a cafe and meet someone who you have something in common with. The long journeys on small mini buses with crazy drivers who seem to not have the ability to use a brake are scary but you always find people to share food, stories and games with.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Last year I studied lighting design and stage management. This gave me many opportunities to work back stage on many of the performances on at uni. It also gave me the opportunity to work as a lighting designer for a play at the Battersea Arts Centre and I also worked as the pyrotechnician and as part of the production team for the community project last year. Helios a 3rd year drama in the community project gave me an incredible insight into the course. What was truly amazing about the project was how many people it encompassed and how much experience was gained by each member of the project. Although there were many people involved in the project and some might think this would cause arguments, the group came together as a real community and missed the project so much once it was finished.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Posted by Rosie at 19:18
I am so excited about Drama in the Community! I would really love to work in a big group for the project. There are both pros and cons to working in a big group and I here are a few pros....
If someone doesn't turn up to a rehearsal or meeting then its not as big of a loss as working in a smaller group because there will always be people to pick up the slack,
you can bounce ideas off of people all the time
we will effectively be working as a 'professional' company so there will be more chances for sponsorship which means MONEY which means extra special things to do....for example pyrotechnics!
It also means we get to work on a much bigger scales so more people from the community can become involved.