A Fabulous Friday

IMG_1042Here are a few of the props we were able to work with in my theatre course today. This photo kind of reminded me of the pictures in the old I Spy books I used to read growing up.

Alright I know it has been a really long time since I did a blog post about what I’ve been up to, so I thought I’d give everyone a quick update! Today I had my Questions of Dramaturgy course which can be quite exhausting because it lasts for about eight hours with an included hour for lunch. The morning half of class is dedicated to working with a different tutor in a workshop where we get to learn about different methods to jump-start our creative thinking to create a performance piece, while the second half of class is used to rehearse what we practiced earlier in the day. Although the workshops are interesting, I’m not gonna lie, it is pretty draining to have my long day of class on a Friday. The workshop I attended today focused on the use of objects in devising a performance piece, for example how that object could be interacted with in a different way, how it could be used to establish a  back story for a character, or  how the form of that object could provide a general concept to center a scene around.

During the workshop we were able to explore how to use different props and got to explore the space with music accompaniment. I absolutely love warming up and working with music in the background because not only is it relaxing, it can really set the tone for the work that you come up with. One of the songs our tutor played that I really liked was composed by Philip Glass for the film The Hours. I first heard Philip Glass on Pandora radio a couple of years ago and love the heavy use of strings and repetitive quality of his compositions because they are very soothing and can elicit many emotions. Have a little listen!

After a long day of class, I was about ready to take a nice nap, but I had already planned on paying the Victoria and Albert Museum a visit with some friends, so I pushed through my exhaustion and let me tell you, it was well worth it! The first perk about this museum is that it’s free just like many of the other museums in London. This Friday, the museum was opened late for a night event with different exhibits, activities, and Dj’s to keep the people entertained. This time the theme was back to the 80’s which was super exciting for me because I really enjoy 80’s music! We ended up taking the bus over to the museum because it was a bit cheaper than the tube and we weren’t in a major rush to get to the event anyway. When we boarded the bus, we were actually able to get front row seats on the upper deck and prime viewing for the Central London night scene! Also, the oyster card reader wasn’t working so we didn’t have to pay for the ride! Unfortunately, upon our arrival to the bus stop, we realized our directions had taken us to the Victoria and Albert restaurant and we had traveled 25 minutes in the wrong direction. But hey, at least we got a free bus tour of central London right?IMG_1043Blurry iPhone picture through the bus window. You can even see our reflection in the window!

In addition to getting to look at the regular museum exhibits, there was an area set up where you could get dolled up 80’s style courtesy of Illamasqua makeup artists, view popular 80’s fashion, dance to 80’s music and interact with people dressed up wandering around the event. I was able to wander through some really fascinating exhibits, especially the fashion through the years section where there were different outfits on display. I definitely enjoyed my time at the V&A and plan on going back in the near future to do some more exploring!

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To the left is a photo of the Scarlett Dress pattern draped on a dress form, and on the right is the ceiling of the entrance to the museum lit up for the event.

That’s all I have for now, and I promise next time to remember to bring my camera along for better photos!

Until next time,

Lainey xoxo

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“Raindrops on Roses”

IMG_0155Okay I’ll admit it, this photo doesn’t have much to do with this post, but I thought the rose was really beautiful.

Well everyone, I guess Bruno Mars was right about one thing . . . “It will rain”. After being here for nearly three weeks and having fairly clear skies, I knew we had to be due for the notorious London drizzle, the question was when, and today it finally rained! You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for being excited for it to rain here seeing as I’m used to this weather back home, but there is something really relaxing about taking a nice walk around the neighborhood (as long as you are warm that is) or listening to the raindrops hit the window while I’m curled up in bed trying to take an afternoon nap. I can’t tell you how long I have waited to write this post. Back when I was working over the summer, I would always hear this catchy song by Mika playing on the soundtrack, and often times it would get stuck in my head for the rest of the day so I thought it would be perfect to link on my blog. I suppose I was expecting it to rain a lot sooner here because the people I talked to before my trip noted that it rains A LOT so “be prepared”. Yesterday, I went to see Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Globe theatre with my classmates (photos of the evening will be posted soon) for one of the courses I’m taking here and I was hoping that it would start raining during the performance to support the tone of the production, but considering how freezing we all were last night, I’m really glad that it didn’t downpour until today. I’m sure eventually I will get sick of the rainy weather, but for now I’m soaking the experience in. I know this will be the second music post I have done in the past couple of days, but I felt like I had to document the first major rainfall whilst at school! Have a little listen and enjoy!

Until next time,

Lainey xoxo

What I Learned From Dorothy

So I realize this isn’t exactly a post about my travels and crazy adventures whilst studying abroad, but I just want all of my friends and family back home to know that I’m thinking about you (insert the Frank Ocean song here)!  I’ve been feeling a bit ill lately and this morning I woke up in a bit of a funk, so I turned on some Macklemore to make myself feel right at home. And for those of you reading this who are looking to study abroad or are currently doing so, keep in mind that a glimpse of home is only a melody, a memory, or even merely a Skype call away. Here are some lyrics that started my day on a better note, no pun intended.

Until next time,

Lainey xoxo