runawayskellum: Toph, Sokka and Aang on a crime spree (Default)
posted by [personal profile] runawayskellum at 11:12am on 23/12/2013 under

Hello Dreamwidth! It's been a while since I posted, and I thought I would update.

I started a blog over at wordpress.  I've been writing about my decision to go to drama school - or, at least, my decision to try to get into drama school - but sometimes I get distracted and write about how Theresa May is ruining my life.  I've been going to a weekly class at the Conservatoire and auditioning for things and going to see shows and ~networking~, it all feels grown up and a little unreal.

I also got a new job, also at the Conservatoire, so I'll have fun being there six days a week for the next year.  I had to sit  a written test to display my minute taking skills and I negotiated with HR over my salary.  Then I got a part in a play (profit sharing! That's almost like getting paid!) and turned 26.

I went to a reunion for the drama group I went to as a teenager.  It was pretty surreal.  I don't know whether I'm more weirded out by the people with successful acting and production jobs or by the people with babies and medical degrees and commercial pilot licenses.  We sat around singing three-part harmonies (me with my eyes screwed up because harmonising is the hardest thing in the world to me, urgh) and slowly working our way through songs from the shows we'd done together until there were just a few of us left, the oldies, singing mangled Gaelic hymns.

runawayskellum: Animated icon of Toph punching Aang (he does have a heart)
So, wow. My girlfriend is American (and delighted about the healthcare bill, since she can now actually get healthcare in her own country again). She showed me the reaction to it on her facebook friend page and... wow. A lot of people out there are angry about the idea of letting people access medical care.

ANYWAY. What a lovely weekend I had! We wandered back down to Hometown to visit my grandparents. My gran is pretty much bedridden - she's hooked up to oxygen 24/7 and has a hospital bed in the living room because she can't walk more than a few paces any more - so we arranged a very hasty ~beauty salon~ which mostly involved me clipping my gran's nails and L. braiding her hair. (We are not the girliest of girls).

We also went to see Fiddler on the Roof, as performed by my old youth theatre! Which was awesome. Firstly because it's amazing to watch these kids that I remember as awkward children up on stage being genuinely fantastic, but mostly because it was genuinely fantastic.

I didn't know the show at all; okay, I've heard a few of the Shoggoth on the Roof songs, but that's not much help. Somehow I spent the first twenty or so minutes convinced it was set in America.

L: The accents didn't tip you off?
ME: I thought they were immigrants!
L: What about the set?
ME: I thought it was, you know. Like Gangs of New York.
L: Even when the girls got told to go out and milk the cow?
ME: REALLY REALLY OLD NEW YORK.

Look, when you have fifty Glaswegian children on a single stage doing Russian accents with various levels of authenticity, it's difficult to make these kinds of judgements.
runawayskellum: Toph, Sokka and Aang on a crime spree (Default)
Hello, new people! :D

A bit of an introduction, I guess. )

Anyway. That covers... not most of it, but a fair bit. My journal is pretty empty, but I'm making a concentrated effort to change that: I spend too much time on the internet not to do something at least quasi-productive.

Your turn! :D?

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