Excuse My Language

So tonight we saw a show called F**k the Polar Bears. If you can’t tell from the weird title its about the environment, something I’m totally down for talking about. However this show was, to say the least, terrible. I wanted to like it because I can appreciate the message its trying to get across. But the problem was, after I watched it I wasn’t completely sure what the message was anymore. Should we try and do something to help the environment? Or is the problem to massive and we are just fucked? The show boiled down to poor writing. There was too much thrown into the script that was unnecessary and it led to no chracter arc, no resolution, and nothing interesting happening. None of the characters were believable, I sympathized with none of them, and I didn’t really understand what relationships they had with each other, other than the surface ones. It was, overall, badly written material. Even in the Q and A afterwards the man who played Gordon said that he “didn’t delve that deeply into the research”, which means to me that he didn’t take the time to learn about the issues his character would have been dealing with.

Ugh. I hate when theatre tries to make its meaning really obvious. It becomes preachy and not something I want to watch.

Would not recommend. More to come later probably. Going to Bath, Salisbury, and Stonehenge this weekend! Weeeeeeeeeeee

Tired. Almost midnight. Bedtime!

HARRY POTTER STUDIOS OFNDJABFEABSDN

If you can’t tell by the title then get better glasses cause I went to the Harry Potter Studios and got to see all the sets, props, costumes, creatures, castles, drawings, and so much more. I may have cried a few times. Maybe more than a few times.

It was breathtaking to walk through the doors of hogwarts into the great hall. Every part of my inner child was screaming with excitement. The tables were lined with dishes and dumbledore   (well, a mannequin with his robes on) stood at the front of the room with the rest of the professors. Moaning myrtle, Cedric Diggory, and 11 year old Harry’s robes were on display next to their respective houses.

Once you leave the great hall its just a maze of costumes, props, and sets. Dumbledore’s office, Gryffindor Common room, Potions Classroom, Ministry of Magic, Umbridge’s office, and so much more.

Then, you leave the first studio, walk down a hallway, and enter platform 9 3/4. The train was there, steam puffing from its engine. We walked through the railcar and sat in the seats. It was magical to say the least.

After the platform is the cafe where we drank some butterbeer cause its apparently one of only 3 places in the world to serve it. Between the two studios are some of the larger props. The knight bus, 4 Privet Drive, Godric’s Hollow, and the bridge at hogwarts.

Then you go into the next studio where they have all the creatures. Fawkes, Aragog, Buckbeak, the Basilisk, all the goblins masks, replicas of the actors, animatronics, and models for mermaids and werewolves.

Then comes one of my favorite parts: Diagon Alley. Olivanders, Gringotts, Weasley Wizard Weezes, Flourish and Blotts, all of the shops any wizard or witch would need.

Then we got to see the original drawings and models for the sets. There was so much concept art and it was all beautiful. There was even a tiny paper model of hogwarts.

AND THEN YOU TURN A CORNER AND THE MUSIC IS TRIUMPHANT AND HOGWARTS CASTLE IS THERE IN ALL OF ITS GLORY AND YOU CRY CAUSE YOU FOUND IT AND YOUR CHILDHOOD IS COMPLETE.

or something. Maybe not as dramatic as that, but it felt like it.

And then you go to the gift shop and spend too much money. woops.

all in all, probably my favorite place so far. 🙂

Cambridge and Stuff

Well its been awhile since I’ve posted so maybe I should write one of these things. Today we went to Cambridge and got a tour of a few of the colleges that are there. We saw Queens’ College, King’s College, Trinity College, Clare College, St. Johns College, Downing College, Corpus Christi College, and I think those are all the ones we saw. There are thirty one of them so its hard to keep track.

All of them were very prestigious looking and we learned that the students there are not allowed to have cars or jobs and must live, eat, sleep, and study all on their campus. Each college has around 600-800 students except for Trinity which has 1000 and has like 2.4 billion pounds worth of assets and stuff. Rich colleges.

It was nice to get out of London for a day and walk around a quiet college town. We got to see some farms and fields on the way and it was much quieter than London. We also got to go punting in the river which means we rode in a boat for an hour while a guide pushed us down the river with a long metal pole. It was very relaxing.

This last week has been pretty laid back. It rained a lot so I didn’t get to walk around as much and school has started eating up more of my time. Merp.

Tomorrow its Harry Potter Studio time so be prepared for a million pictures and maybe some tears. Tears of joy and happiness.

Weekend Trips

The weekend is winding down (even though I don’t have class tomorrow) so here is what I did yesterday and today.

Yesterday we took a boat down the Thames River to Greenwich. On the boat we learned that a waterfront apartment costs about 500,000 to 8 million pounds depending on where it is. Life goals.

We also got to see some of the oldest pubs and buildings on the river and where Oliver Twist was filmed.

Once at Greenwich we walked around the little markets and towns, got food, and made our way to the Royal observatory, which is situated on probably the only hill in London.

I got to touch a 4.5 million year old meteorite. That was pretty cool. We didn’t get to stand on the line for the Prime Meridian, but we are pretty sure we did at some point in our visit even if there wasn’t a mark on the ground saying so.

Today we went to Liverpool street and walked around the markets there. There was so much street food and little shops. It reminded me of the saturday markets in Portland.

I ate a Pad Thai omelet for lunch and bought some tea (cause England). And now I am avoiding doing my homework. Woot!

Kinky Boots or TWO BLOGS ONE DAY

Hey all.

Saw Kinky Boots. Probably my new favorite show of all time. It was so much fun and there was so much energy. Also a lot of Drag Queens. All the Queens.

The lights and songs and set and costumes were all on point. It made me smile inwardly and outwardly. The whole musical just makes you want to sing and dance. Even though I hate dancing.

So yeah, go see Kinky Boots. Like, right now. Or at least buy the soundtrack.

That is all.

Late Blog

So, I meant to blog yesterday and then I fell asleep.

Woops.

So here is what I have done thus far in this first week of school. Had classes, more classes, got homework, saw a play, and then more homework.

The play we saw yesterday evening was called A Song From Far Away. It was 80 minutes long and the only actor was this dude and there was no dialogue. It was a giant monologue. Sounds boring.

But it was actually really poetic and beautiful. The monologues were all in letter format. The premise is that this Gay Dutch man Willem has to go back home to amsterdam because his brother Pauli dies. The letters are ones that he has written to Pauli after he learned of his death. The time isn’t really that specific. We don’t know how far in the future he wrote these letters.

Simon Stephens, the playwright, put a lot of musicality in the play which gave it a more dimensional feel. I really enjoyed it and if anyone gets the chance to read or see it I would recommend doing it.

Tonight I am seeing the musical Kinky Boots which is about Drag Queens and shoes so it should be fun!

I will probably blog again tonight after the show to give a run down of that but we shall see.

Classes

Classes have officially started!

yay?

But no so far they have been really fun. Yesterday I had art history (which we have to draw in so hopefully he is okay with my terrible doodling attempts) and tomorrow we are meeting at the National Gallery to look at some renaissance paintings and learn about linear perspective. Yay for learning new things!

Today was all theater all day. It started bright and early at 10am with Shakespeare. Our professor is a funny little british lady who loves to talk but is really fun to listen to. She is so passionate about Shakespeare that it makes me want to actually read more Shakespeare, and I hate reading Shakespeare (I love watching it but reading it is so boring). So I have to go buy a complete works of William Shakespeare from somewhere but whatever.

After Shakespeare was acting class at the Pineapple Dance Studios, which was impossible to find so I was almost late. We mostly talked about the class and learned some new warmups. We did a vocal warm up where we had to read a poem with the punctuation and figure out where the punctuation would go in the moment and if you messed up then the next person had to do it. It was really fun but also really nerve wracking.

After acting was a class called the Theater Industry inside and out. In this class we learn about the theater industry as a whole and how to approach theater in Britain differently than theater in the states (mostly censorship wise). We also learned about the different theater schools in London and how they are very specialized drama schools where you have to know what you want to do and then you are trained in that specific way. For example, students doing classical theater would rarely mingle with students in musical theater. There are also schools for theater makers, or directors, stage managers, and producers.

Hmm. What if I did grad school in england? Who knows…..

Also I walked on Drury lane and there was no muffin man…