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Review – LaLa Land The musical.

Okay let’s just get this out. I knew I was going to cry. Okay. I knew I was gonna cry before I walked in. To set the atmosphere click on the video below, and keep reading.   Why? Why did I know I was going to cry? Because it touched on three things I am very passionate about.  A struggling performer. Love. Piano. and perhaps Ryan Gosling. Let’s start with the beginning. STRUGGLING ACTOR. The story is set in LA and focuses on two characters, Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Stone) who both have dreams that seem impossible. He is a pianist and hardcore Jazz lover, and she, an actor who is awkward and wants to play characters. What really resonated with me was when she exited a horrible casting audition…yes I have been to many, and you walk out and you find 5 other black haired Asian girls going for the same role. It wasn’t about what talent you had, but what you looked like. I rejoiced when I saw Mia exit, and there were 20 red heads. LOVE. Sebastian and Mia meet one night, connected by this beautiful piano piece (above). Two people who have dreams in the Hollywood lights, who fall in love during the summer and navigate the high love to the low love of loneliness, frustration and individual plans that were set together but split apart.   PIANO. As you could tell from the videos above, the soundtrack is heavily influenced by piano. And I could go to sleep and die with piano surrounding me. Something so beautiful, haunting and melodic that piano can take you....

School of John Bolton Graduated

August 8th to December 9th. 4 months counted for. Read it here. 4 months gone. And now I have the memories of these 4 months and how much I learnt. So much. From my fellow classmates to my teacher John Bolton, and of myself. The best 4 months I invested for me. It got me through some emotional things, and I am not sure what will cover it up anymore. The other day while cleaning my room, I thought, “I have done this for myself. I made a choice for myself. I need to make good choices from now on.” Human failure. Here is a video that I made for our class – It explains the feelings and how much we put into the school experience. I will miss you all, but this is not goodbye.     Top 10 moments Walking into school on August 8th and making 17 long life friends. Read it here. Portsea “Retreat” – The memories will stay forever. Meeting my clown Malcolm. Read it here. Creating a Bouffon Vietnamese performance on the spot. “One rice, Two Rice..” “Soldier you want a good time.” “Please save us.” Creating Fear performance from 1-7. Imagine 7 females actors improvising a scene in a restaurant kitchen and every time one person goes to the back room, they come back with a level of fear. “Hey guys, why is there a woman at the reception desk?” “No she doesn’t have blonde hair.” “She just walked through a table.” SCREAMS Waiting for Dotgo. The magic of theatre, when you watch and laugh so much your heart weeps cos you know...

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...

VIDEO – Being Diana does Palangkaraya

  Before starting full time school I decided to indulge in a holiday. Not really a holiday but a resident in the environment focused Palangkaraya. I won’t say much more, but thank you to Frederika and Jayadi for welcoming me to your family. Thank you! They moved to Palangkaraya with their 3 children to start an NGO organisation called Permakultur Kalimantan.  Thank you xx The highlights of the trips – Orangutans – teaching drama workshops with over 150 students and children including an orphanage in the local community. My friends and I donated $110 to the orphanage. Thank you Hanh, Rach and Pauline for your generous support. – Walking in the forest looking for my Tarzan and spending time with my favourite family!! Watch the video – I had...

NAKED – Melbourne Fringe

So NAKED is back on for Melbourne Fringe 2016 from Saturday 24th of September to 1st of October. Here we go again? Why is NAKED important to me? It explores the split moments when we have been naked, vulnerable, stripped back by the environment or people around us that effect us. There are jokes, action but also stories of nakedness that has effected me in different moments of my life. Are you ready to get...