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I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m Alive, And I Will Survive!

I’m pleased to announce that I got through all four performances of Fame! without permanently injuring myself in any way, survived the afterparty without touching a drop of alcohol, and am now recovering from the sheer exhaustion caused by musical theatre. To put this in context, last year I missed the third night of Hairspray because I injured my hands and was in too much pain, so I figure I’ve made progress. It was a weird feeling, that last performance….

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The Great Adaptation

The Great Adaptation

I’m fascinated by adaptation. In books, in music, in theatre, in TV and film – I love it. I make no secret of the fact that I rip off Celtic mythology in my own work. I take characters and events and concepts from myths and stick them into whatever setting I choose and then I pretend it was my idea. Some of my characters are directly borrowed from myth; some are just named after legendary figures. Of course, the majority…

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Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #2

Tuesday, 3rd July: Opening Night Another opening, another show … It’s mid afternoon and the band are shattered. We’ve been in rehearsals since twelve and although they gave us a generous forty minutes for lunch today (we’re going up in the world!), the cast have now joined us and we’re choreographing the bows. Which means, of course, that we have to play them over and over again while the various characters put on the right pieces of costume to enter…

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Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #1

Kiss Me Kate Diaries: #1

Kiss Me Kate is our school’s musical production this year, running from 3rd July – 6th July. I play 1st violin and mandolin in the band. For the record, I don’t know how to play the mandolin, but as nobody else does either and it’s written in my part, I might as well do it. Sunday, July 1st – Rehearsals This is not going well. I’ve broken my camera, so can’t take a vlog of what’s going on (which I…

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