It’s been a while, but I have a feeling I’ll be spending more time here over the next few months. That’s because I have just passed my mid-candidature review, the ‘milestone’ decreed by my graduate school that marks me as somehow ready to complete my thesis.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy. This is a good thing. It means there’s a strong possibility I might actually get to finish the thesis. The time has come to settle down to some serious writing, editing and polishing – and it starts tomorrow. Seriously.
So I thought I would let you know, because writing is writing, whether it’s on the subject of my theory of the performing voice, or on the subject of how I am getting on writing about my theory of the performing voice. I’ll be right here, attached to my beautiful macbook.
No, that’s not a question. It’s a statement. It’s what I say when I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, or why I am doing it.
So, let’s ponder, and see if something useful comes up. I’m sitting in the little office of my latest house-sit, in Everton Hills on the outskirts of Brisbane. I have a lovely view of some of the “I could be a mountain if I really tried” hills that skirt around the suburbs, with only a few settlements (so far) escaping into and beyond their folds.
I am being kept company by a lovely old dog named Neesh. She sleeps a lot, but she also lies very still with her eyes open quite a lot, waiting for her owners to return. The first few days after they left she was quite happy to potter around her usual haunts, only coming up to me at meal times – that’s HER definition of meal times, which amounts to any time I approach the kitchen. But we’ve been having some pretty terrific storms here over the past week, and she is absolutely terrified of the thunder. I have known some scaredy dogs in my time, but this one actually shivers till her teeth chatter. So we’ve not only been doing some serious bonding, but she now follows me closely everywhere, and sleeps at my feet whenever she can. Right now, she has crashed on the carpet behind my chair, looking very relaxed.
Now me, I don’t feel relaxed. I know I never did put up a posting on the performance at VASTA, just talked it out, I guess. The whole project has moved on from then, I have now acquired my production team, Ira Seidenstein (Quantum Clown) directing, John Rodgers composing soundscape, Jason Glenwright as lighting designer and hopefully Bec Li as stage manager (subject to availability). John Graham is coming out to Brisbane from Provo, Utah to play Jerome, and the wonderful Anna Yen is going to play Kate.
Instead of writing personal blog posts or developing the script (or writing my thesis, for that matter), I’ve been coordinating a mini-Fringe Festival which began as a daft idea in August, when I arrived back from the States, and happened in November. You can check it all out on the blog www.bitsf.wordpress.com and the website www.bitsfestival.com. I directed some of my voice and acting students in a 10 minute performance of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
and was absolutely thrilled to be invited to be part of Ira Seidenstein’s Quantum Clown show “A Whole Bunch o’ Clowns”.
Now, of course, the sword of Damocles that is my thesis is revealed to be directly above my head, and I must must must get down to get out from under it. Hence writing this post…
Oh, I forgot to mention, my other most excellent avoidance tactic, I made and displayed my Handmade By Flloyd jewellery at the Fringe Bar Designer Fashion Sale last Saturday. I sold two pairs of earrings (one pair made on the spot to the client’s specifications) and a necklet. So there’s lots left still to be sold. Do feel free to buy! All proceeds to Thunder’s Mouth Theatre and the production of The Fall of June Bloom (this coming June, 2010, in the Cement Box, St Lucia).
occasional thoughts of Flloyd Kennedy, for anyone who might be interested