I’m struggling a bit to raise much emotion about Nelson Mandela.
Perhaps it is because a man who achieved pretty much everything he set out to achieve has died at a great old age after retiring from a high office in to prosperity and near universal affection.
Perhaps it’s because what he achieved has faded a little in my memory. What had Nelson Mandela done for me recently?
Perhaps it’s because those that came after him have not done so well at delivering South Africa’s future as Mandela did at creating it. Nor have they lived and worked with quite the integrity that Mandela managed.
I’m pleased to see South Africans celebrating his life more than they are mourning his death. For myself, I find myself just a little untouched by the whole business.
Julius Caesar opened last night. It went well. I’m pleased. We and I got some nice feedback. I’m particularly pleased with the two scenes where I kill someone.
I think most of the cast managed a top five performance on the night and nobody had a below par night. I think now we’ve had the opening night out of the way we can loosen up a bit and give it some welly. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights should be cracking.
Julius Caesar is an interesting play. Obviously very political. I’ve been reminded of Aristotle’s Politics.
I’ve enjoyed watching the directing process. I like working with the director very much. She has a happy knack of keeping everyone focused and disciplined without seeming authoritarian. She also has a nice eye for bits of detail.
The actress playing my on stage buddy has been immense. It’s her first time on the stage since primary school but she’s been Assistant Director on a few of the Grads’ shows so she is very professional. She’s also been really good at looking after the kids who are in the show. It’s been lovely working with her.
I think I’ll have a shot at the one act play festival next year which is the Grads traditional route into directing full plays.
The man playing Julius Caesar in the Play What I Am In (1) has been really struggling to learn his lines.
The director appears to have sacked him over the weekend. The email from her to the entire cast saying JC was stepping down and the understudy arrangements was a little unclear. JC popped in to say farewell (2) and from his valedictory speech I think he was keen to stay on but had been asked to step down.
His replacement is a guy I know moderately well. He’s a good actor, is already in the play in many of the same scenes so knows most of the business, has already learned about half the lines so that will be fine. A few other people have been bumped up to larger roles.
I am unaffected.
Given the subject matter of the play I have been fighting the urge to make tasteless jokes for the last 48 hours.
One Staff Officer Jumped, to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic
Last night I started my innovative twitter drama project. Hence forth to be known as My Innovative Twitter Drama Project or MITDP.
The plan is to perform a devised, semi-improvised real time soap opera on Twitter exploring the summer of 1914 and the outbreak of the First World War.
I had most of the drama committee and a couple of folk attend a small presentation and workshop. I explained what I am trying to achieve, the process I am thinking of using to achieve my aims and the technical support I think I need. I then facillitted a workshop to create a character.
What I was hoping for was to sense check my overall method with some colleagues to see if they thought it feasible and then see if the tool I was going to use for the main part of character generation was going to work.
They did and it did.
In fact the character creation part was surpisingly successful.
So the theory appears to work and it’s now time to test it in the real world. Mainly by doing it.
The anniversary of my wedding approaches and I am thinking of suitable gifts for MLW.
Momentarily I forgot how long I have been married.
But a cunning trap I laid for myself ten years ago has helped me out.
I met MLW in October.
Shortly after I met MLW I got a new phone and a new phone number. I was offered a choice of numbers by the sales person and chose one that ended in 28, my age at the time. I thought this would help me remember the number.
From this I know that I have known MLW for My Current Age – The Last Two Digits of My Phone Number. I am currently 38. Therefore I have known MLW for ten years. We courted for one year. During discussions to mark our first year as a couple we became engaged and were engaged for one year – almost exactly. Therefore we have been married for eight years.
This anniversary will be our eight anniversary.
Bronze according to Wikipedia or Salt.
I shall buy MLW Greece. That’s a place with a strong association with Bronze and the Sea.