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John Bolton Theatre – Solos

One Wednesday afternoon, 2 weeks before we were to finish our 4 month course, John (teacher) told us to write 10 stepping stones (milestones) that have occurred in our lives. I sat writing down not in order, moments in the life that have shaped me. Then he asked, pick one that stands out. I picked one. He then said, now write about it. Everything. Don’t stop writing. This happened for a full 20 minutes. By the 5th minute I was over it. This particular stepping stone was too close to my heart. Had I healed from it? Was I ready to talk about it? For the next 7 days, I wrote, created, manipulated and cried. Could I do this? I spoke to my lover, and he said, “As long as it’s what you want to share. Not because it’s a good story. Be ready.” I thought about it. Here I was 15 weeks into this course. 17 actors who have seen me break and laugh…could I shape this into good theatre?   The end story. I did it. Here are some photos. I hope to keep moulding it. It needs work but it is my stepping stone, and I am so proud of myself for doing it. I leave you this quote from a Clown – Giovanni   “This is the wisdom of the clown – to fall and assume it To be able to fail, fail, and let go, with pleasure… Over and over and over again, with pleasure.” Giovanni...

JBT – When I met Malcolm, my clown

The past 4 weeks of my life has been terrifying, rewarding and heart warming. Why? Because I got to play a clown for 5 days a week, 4 weeks in a row. Before Clowning Module. In June, I made a decision to enrol into a 4 month full time physical theatre school as a gift to myself to learn more about me. At this time, I had ventured into the world of comedy “comedian.” I thought I would give comedy a go, because as an Asian actor in Australia, I was competing for extra/bit roles with a small group of Asians and felt unfulfilled. I also know I am a funny person with my track record with MICF and Phi and Me, and I thought maybe I will give standup a try. How hard could it be? Right? If you haven’t also noticed, there is a huge door for successful comedians to work on Australian TV than Asian actors – my golden ticket. Also…when can you say you’ve seen an Asian woman stand on stage for a full 50 minutes. Hence NAKED. So here I was. October. A week off from intense school. Back at school. Clowning. My preconceived thoughts of clowning. To be a good clown you need to be funny. On your feet. You need to be available – other words vulnerable. The Module. I remember the first week clearly. I was not okay. Personal things in my life were clouding my thoughts. I could say I had mild depression. Feeling things I should control but couldn’t. Second class of clowning, we had to present a 5 minute...

Movie Review – Arrival

Review: Beautifully paced moving cinematography about the internal human fight, with memories, love and loss with time. Crying Review – 5 stars. Soundtrack Review – 5 stars. Arrival is about Time. Connection. And finding that star that shines so bright above us, yet we forget to see the stars right in front of us. Humankind. Love. We live on this planet called Earth. We race. We run. We scramble. We live alone. And what if we had visitors from afar who endangered our way of our living. What would the human race do? Will we fight? Will we crumble? Will we conquer?  ...

SPRING 2016 relaunch

Here I go again! Another season another change and some new photos to showoff the flowers and my face. It has been an unbelievable 6 months. A lot of soul searching, working and going to school for the first time in yonkers. This is a gift to me. Thank you to Jackie Tran Photography and CammiTuMakeup for their beautiful work on my...

Back to School Week 1

Remember that time when you walked into new school, in the wrong school uniform and thinking, “Please accept me.” That’s how I felt on my first day at John Bolton Theatre, embarking on a full-time 4 month acting course. This is for me. Holy Moly crazy stuff. I just completed my first week of Acting/Clowning/Theatre school, and I fucking love it. Sorry for the swearing. But it is the only way to express how grateful I am. It has taken me 2 years to finally say yes to a full time course, and I want to thank 16th Street for nurturing me in the term classes. It was truly special to realise that this is my full-time job. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Why not give myself 4 months to learn, cultivate, devise and play. For me. Like a person who does further study i.e. Doctor, Accountant, Research. Why not give it back to me? Before starting the course I had enormous anxiety. Why I was starting a course at 31. Why I had waited this long? Would I learn anything from it? And my man looked at me and said, “Diana this is your time. You are doing it for you.” AND HELL YES I AM. How has it been in three words? Exciting. Observing. Me Time. Okay 4 words! Imagine spending 25 hours a week doing things for yourself. Learning about yourself and other people around you. Observing your own habits and seeing how you can untangle from it. Laughing and connecting with similar minded people. So bloody excited....

SeaACT – Working Dream

SEAAC Theatre, aka SeaACT came about in 2012, a conversation with my SEAAC Youth Service manager about the Arts in the south east region, and how I thought we needed a centre for the performing arts, a little dream of mine, a little house, a little institution in my home town. In February 2016, I was in Los Angeles submitting a grant at 4am in the morning to make this dream alive. Why is it important for me? When I was in high school, I could only do drama in school. We are sent to tuition to learn Maths, Science and English but where was the place for me to learn drama, confidence skills and network in my area, instead of going all the way to the city. I felt very isolated and I had to fight to be an artist, continue to. I wanted to do shows in my hometown. The west of Melbourne have highly long lasting established artists organisations and I craved a similar foundation for the young people living in the south east. We have such diverse stories to be heard out here, and not just mine. Today, Wednesday 18th of May 2016, Creative Victoria re-funded the SeaACT program for the third time to nurture the Arts in the south east region. My little dream is alive and growing. With $44k in the bank. Read more here What is SeaACT? SeaACT is a theatre program initially for refugee and migrant young people living in Hampton Park and Dandenong. We received our first 12month funded program in 2013, which saw 20 young people a week learn drama...