This has been a pretty busy month. After finishing up our Howard Barker projects, my acting class jumped right into learning about One to One performance. It's a very contemporary form of performance art in which there is one performer and one audience member. After studying it, I'm pretty convinced it's more a series of social experiments than theater, but whatever.
Yesterday we had our One to One Festival where the five of us each put on our presentations for the faculty and other theatre students. It went much better than I'd expected. We had a pretty diverse group of projects. One of the guys filled a room with hats and invited the audience members to chose 3 with him and they would take on the personality of each of the hats and act out a little scene with him. Another classmate had people go to a room where they would find a phone. The phone would start ringing and she would ask them to bring it to her. She would direct them on a 10 minute walk around Sheffield, and along the route she planted strange things to draw their attention. One girl had us enter a room and asked us questions about communication, then she left the room and returned a moment later as the Japanese version of herself. She spoke to you in Japanese for a few minutes while she folded origami and then left and came back as the English version of herself. Another classmate had a person peep at her through a hole in a window as she had a nervous breakdown. I had people play "warmer, colder" with me and then climb into my fort and draw a picture of where they came from and where they were going. They would always seem to draw a literal map and I'd draw a stick family and tell them I came from my mommy's belly and I was going to be some sort of odd job or thing (grave digger, astronaut, pirate, princess, crocodile wrestler, Canadian).
I'm pretty glad that project is over, but I'm wondering what the next one will be. They keep us very much in the dark about the logistics of each project until we actually start them. The professor leading the next project has a strong background in carnivale, circus, magic and sideshow. At the end of October I went with two of my classmates to London to see the show she was putting on there and it was the craziest thing I've ever seen. I thought it was amazing to watch, but I just have no desire to act in a thing like that. Well, let's be honest, I don't really have any desire to act at all. Why the heck won't they just let me stage manage?
In other news, during Reading Week I went to visit Tim on his ship in Australia. That was sort of crazy. We went to Sydney, Vanuatu and Fiji. I felt very far from home, but it was a good trip. We had a lot of fun together. I don't get to see him until the end of April now though, which is pretty crappy.
I guess that's everything from here lately.