So our time here in Melbourne has come to an end. We’ve had a blast here over the last three weeks.
It began with 10 shows of our production of Romeo And Juliet at the National Theatre in St Kilda. The National was built in the 1920s and is much larger than the Playhouse at the Sydney Opera House so we had a few challenges to overcome, mainly to do with the size and volume of our performances.
To overcome these sorts of things as an actor you’ve really got to connect to your breath. The most important thing, I think, is not to push! Sometimes when you feel you may need to be louder and bigger to reach the back row it can be easy to force and push your performance; willing the emotion and the story telling to the back of the theatre, which of course doesn’t work! It will look like you’re trying too hard and it will look like hard work. The skill of the actor and what we are all striving for is to NOT show the work. (That’s one of Ed’s favorite sayings I’ve stolen there, thanks Eddie.)
Oh, we’ve just arrived at our next school for Midsummer Madness. We’re on the Mornington Peninsula for our last show in Melbourne. Will blog again soon. Stay tuned!
Team T (aka The Fairies) have taken to the road and are traveling north. They’re currently travelling through the Hunter Region and sent back this update:
Felix: So, we’re off. I’m currently sitting in the back seat of our Kia carnival while Ed is driving along the road. Teresa is reading George Orwell next to me and Suz is up the front arguing with the navman! We are 30 km from our destination, Muswellbrook. We have had a stunning day weather wise and for me, only having lived in NSW for two years, I’m completely in awe of the beauty of this area. So green with rolling hills. You should ear Ed! He is a farmer at heart and he is in paradise! Every 10 minutes he goes “oh, wow, look at that! Now this is living!”
Anyway, gotta go. Here is a photo we just took at, get this, the World’s Largest Sundial. Yeah! It’s in Singleton. We will stop and take photos at every ‘World’s Largest Thing’ we come across. That’s a promise. Till next time. Felix.