On a LigHTer note......

 My cousin emailed this to me and I just had to add it to my LJ.

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WeeK OnE.....HOME is where the heART IS!!

http://www.sydneystreetchoir.com/gigrehearse.htm   (pictures from this website

 Well what a production of  "Orpheus and Eurydice" it's such a beautiful Greek myth, Nancy and I thought it was absolutely amazing and truly  touched us both to the core.    This amazing group of people put on an exceptional performance last night which bought me to tears, and the wonderful voluntary musicians(especially the violinist) superb.  Being a mum and having worked in the medical field for the past 23 years i could relate to them, not to the pain they endured because that would be impossible unless one has been through it, but 'a living hell' is something that they have all  experienced and probably some are still experiencing it.  It is extremely difficult to pull someone out of that living hell even when one is trying to help.  As a mum, well Nancy and I couldn't imagine how anyone would want to harm their own child, which are so precious and truly a gift from God that we bring into this world to love and nurture, note to torment and torture.  They have had their innocents taken away and been left standing scared, unloved and alone in a hostile place, how could anyone let alone a child cope with that and not have a tortured and tormented mind and soul.  I felt privileged to have been there and this exceptional group "Sydney Street Choir" have shared such a private part of their lives, self  and journey because that is what it's all about.  The journey of self discovery, being in heaven then falling through purgatory to the deeps of hell and gradually crawling back up to a positive light with the help of loving people around you and hope of overcome the adversity in their lives.  They all at the end shared a positive moment with the audience, and they all felt safe because they had a warm place to sleep, their safe haven , a place they could call home with caring people around them.  That is why it is so important to sit around a dinner table with your family and talk and debate about things that have happened during the day and truly connecting with your family, give them a hug and tell them that you LERV them EVERYDAY because HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS!!!! 

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WEeK TWelvE - Here's LOOKing at you Kid!!

"Our reveals now are ended, These our actors,
 As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air."

                   Shakespeare's "The Tempest" Act IV, scene 1. 

Well, we've come to the final curtain call and Shakespeare has been great and "i shall fear him not, anymore!".  these weeks have flown past and to finish up six great performances from our three Shakespeare plays we've studied, and if I do say so my self they were all brilliant considering the time that we had, and some of those clever little sprites brilliantly memorised their parts off by heart, incredible!!  I enjoyed watching the performances and how they all came together.  And what Matt had said about "adding something to the plays" I definitely think we did that.  Overall, it was a great unit and am looking forward to Blake.  


Prospero and 
Miranda by William Maw Egley

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WEeK ELEVEn - BELLissimo!

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Well what can I say except that it was exceptional, stupendous, prodigious, phenomenal, remarkable, astounding and down right fun. It was a remarkable experience I had of doing drama in all my 41 years. Matt had us doing things that we'd never do or contemplate doing but the most incredible thing is that he made it all feel very natural and worth while, how he showed us to get into our characters and project our voices, and the advice he gave for our drama performance. He follows simple guidelines from any performance, this points come from:-

Declan Donellan's (Theorist/Acting Philosopher) "The Actor and the Target"
* There is always a target
* The target exists outside you at a measurable distance
* The target is always transforming
* The target is always active
* The target exists before you need it.

All character have a purpose, is introduced and evolves with the play, they transform. In Shakespeare's plays this always happens with his characters that is why it's great doing these drama performances because one can but his/her own slant to the character. As Anton Sher said "No rules with Shakespeare only clues". So one must consider what we can add to his play and think about it as a play rather than a text. As Matt said, the text should be our blueprint and then we put on our creative caps and work from there. It would have beeen great if Matt had come at the beginning of our drama module because then we could have but these things into action but it was still a great learning experience, thanks MG.

Hollywood here we come, well maybe a few!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bon Voyage
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WEeK TeN - Just Shakespeare!

Romeo and Juliet Artist: Sir Frank Dicksee

Well, I suppose like everyone, well maybe not everyone, but when I started the unit was a bit terrified of the language and being able to deal with it but with a great captain at the helm it was pretty smooth sailing.  Marlowe, Raleigh, and Shakspeare's sonnets were all so incredibly rich and the imagery they create, busting at the seams.  The beautifully written "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is so warm and just oozes that love that he has for his beauty.  He talks and describes his love and what he'd do for her o make her happy.  He never once mentions her physical beauty because that does not matter to him because he loves her for who she is and he wants to spend the rest of his life with her in this idyllic countryside that he writes about, "And I will make thee beds of roses, /And a thousand fragrant posies"
I have to put in the whole piece to give it justice.

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses,
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers and a kirtle
Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle:

A gown made of the finest wool,
Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold:

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs;
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me and be my love.

The shepherd swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May morning;
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.

 if you have been to the Sydney flower markets at 5am the sight and smell is astounding and literally takes your breath away.  The colours are incredible, so you could visualize the thousand posies,  so romantic and such a delicate arrangement.  Just in a posie one can tell  so much about a person, the type of flower they pick for it, the colour combination, the texture of the flowers and the greenery or soft foilage they add to it, to achieve that beautiful artwork from nature.  There's to much hate in the world and not enough LERVing going round.
Getting back to Bill,  I always found it quite strange that he stayed away from his family for so long after he married and had children and went back in the last years of his life to Strathford-upon-Avon.  For such a well respected and intellectual man i find that him going to London and not cultivating that family love sad.  Maybe it had something to do with losing his only son at age 11,  Hamnet, that kept him away. He would have had so much to give and offer his children.  He was a favourite of both Elizabeth 1 and James 1, so much so that King James awarded them a royal patent to change the theatre company from 'The Lord Chamberlain's Men' to the 'Kings Men'.  Maybe the royals wanted him there all the time to entertain them, but then that would be selfish to keep him from his family.  Who knows the reason but it was only after he felt that he had done what he had intended, that he stepped down from the stage and sail off into the breathtaking horizon with the sail filled with the applause of his beloved audience, gracefully departing. We shall leave you with his thoughts on LErV.


"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 
   Thou art more lovely and more temperate: 
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, 
   And summer's lease hath all too short a date: 
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, 
   And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines, 
   By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd; 
But thy eternal summer shall not fade, 
   Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; 
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, 
   When in eternal lines to time thou growest; 
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, 
   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

 			 William Shaksepeare     
(1564 - 1616)  

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WeeK NINe - O ELOquenT, JusT and MiGHty DEATH!!

 Speaking about and reading from "The History of the World" [conclusion: On Death} transports me to an ICU room ten years ago but still so vivid in detail.  We spent two weeks there from morning to night, oblivious to the outside world and we did not really care, our thoughts and prayers lay in Bed 1.  Dad had been intubated, which was a horrific sight in itself ("The horror, oh the horror").  I'd speak to dad all the time whether he was awake or asleep or in an induced coma.  He could not speak but he did with his eyes, his thoughts seemed to filter through but tears would well up in my eyes but i'd try and fight back the tears but it was so terribly difficult, and I knew that if he was asleep he could still hear me, maybe in a dream.  He was a great dad and friend and that's why i miss him so much, my children missed their storyteller and poet.  When i was a little girl after dinner he would sit me on the table and recite italian poetry to me, that was so special.  He recited it with so much emotion (like MG when he reads poetry) and that's what makes it so special.  
Then from 1974 to 1999 death seemed to be there at every turn.  Dad lost his mum,2  brothers,  2 brother in laws, 2 nephews, mother in law, then my dad, then both his sisters and another uncle.  It seemed that the marvellous people of my childhood were crumbling and vanishing and becoming only distant memories, which was devastating to me and even more so now that the few aunts and uncle I have left on my dad's side are so precious.  So I don't think sometimes that death is just, but in terms of eloquent and mighty yes, because in the face of death people stop and look back on their lives(if they have the opportunity) and in some way change it or it changes them, always i think for the better . People realise that they can't take anything with them when they go and at the end of the day we are all the same, death is inevitable, it is a constant in our lives.   But for the faithful we go to a much better and tranquil place, a rebirth into a different golden age.
So back in ICU there were another 8 people, different ages and circumstances but their family and friends all came to give the family support or say their last good byes.  So never forget to tells your family and friends that you love them and go out and have dinner or a drink once in a while, and not be standing at their wake saying how good he/she was and that they'll be missed because it's you who will miss out. LIFE IS A CELEBRATION!!!          
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WeeK EIghT_ THe Tempest


The Tempest was William Shakespeare's last play he wrote.  It was a great romance combined with tragedy, romance and farce.  Shakespeare had the ability to interweave these different aspects to make an incredible whole.  It was performed in court on All Saint's Day, 1/11/1611 the same year it was written.  Inspiration for The Tempest came from the voyages that explores took to the new world, in this case the great shipwreck from 1609 off the Bermudas, under the command of Sir Thomas Gates and Sir George Somers, one ship from a fleet of nine were separated. Among the reports Shakespeare found details of the violent storm and descriptions of flora and fauna of the West Indies.  There were letters written by William Stradley dated 15/07.1610 later these accounts were published in 'Purchas Itis Pilgrims-1925".  
Shakespeare wrote about this exotic new world and its inhabitants.  Caliban is an anagram of Canibal (from the spanish, Canibal for caribal), the name by which The Carbis, or natives of the Carribean were known.  But yet did Shakespeare want people to think of Caliban as a Canibal or was it just an image he wanted to create in the audience's mind, then to have this monster speak poetically rather than prose that the educated humans spoke, he was 'the noble savage'.  He also looks at Nature Vs Nurture, Caliban has been taught to communicate by teaching him language, whether this was a good or bad he claims that he only uses it to curse, yet when he speaks of his island it is poetic. 
Shakespeare deals with the illusion of justice, sovereign authority, banishment/exile,and Prospero pursuit to re-establish order under a just and fair king and his daughter as queen. Shakespeare was said to have seen himself as Prospero, and this was the final curtain call for such an extraordinary man.  He so eloquently speaks of and explores all characters in such detail from the king to his councilor, the prince to the princess, jester to butler, primitive monster to heavenly spirit.  His ability to embody all these characters and give them their different voices, brining them to life, on a barren stage for the audience to visualize the scenes and then leave them with moral questions that they put to each other and be a talking point for the next 400 years, INCreDible.

Miranda" by 19th century pre-Raphaelite master JW Waterhouse

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