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"God I hope I get it"

Auditions, castings, workshops – they’re never the same and they are all a bit odd.
Auditions are a necessary evil of the acting profession.I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who really enjoys auditions but we all rejoice when we get them and despair when we don’t.
For the uninitiated, I’ll describe the different types
A fairly standard audition You have the script in advance, you read it, you prepare your part.At the audition, you perform the scenes you were asked to practice in advance and possibly read from another part of the script, which because you are well prepared, you are already familiar with.
“Bring a monologue” auditions Variety of reasons for these.If it’s a Shakespeare play, they may want to see your grasp of the Bard as many people are not strong sight readers, especially with Shakespeare.For other works, a monologue is seen alongside a script reading and can provide a bit of variety for the director.Sometimes the script isn’t finished.Sometimes, they don’t know what the hell…
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Awake: Part 2 - The North and the South

Awake: Part 2 Edinburgh and Sydney
If it hasn’t rained within 24 hours of arriving in Edinburgh, you must be in the wrong place.I love the city, but boy does it rain.
My show is being put on as part of the Free Fringe and as such my first full day in Edinburgh is spent helping put posters up in other Free Fringe venues.This is actually really fun, meeting lots of the comedians and performers and checking out the other venues.I also attend a session for people doing solo shows organised by EdFringe and meet some lovely fellow performers.Over the month, many of us manage to support each other’s shows which was really wonderful.
The venue for my show is new to the roster this year, I pop in to say hi and see the space and then all too soon it’s August the 3rd and I’m out flyering for Awake.It’s a mildly terrifying experience which does get easy as the month draws on.Flyering can be draining, demoralising, humiliating and also engaging, hilarious and uplifting.It’s all of these things for 25 …

Awake: Part 1 - The Road to Edinburgh

Awake:Part 1 The Road to Edinburgh By Miranda Colmans January 2017 The January blues hit. Hard.So much so that my colleagues at my permanent-temp job think that there is something seriously wrong with me.I’m in a terrible mood a lot of the time.Something has to change.
February 2017 By chance, I see that The Space Theatre are doing a writing challenge “28 Plays in 28 Days”.It starts the next day.I sign up without really thinking about it and then wonder what on earth I’ve got myself into.I’m not a hugely competitive person, however I am a bit OCD which means that once I start something, I like to finish it.During the month, I write a play each day, in a myriad of styles and genres.It is stretching and enriching.
Taking part gives me the confidence boost I need to take the plunge and apply for a slot at the Edinburgh festival.So, mid-Feb, mid writing challenge, I apply with little more than a summary and a snazzy tag line – and get a place.
Next task – quit the day job.
Tick!Well, sort of.I app…

Going Cold Turkey

Going Cold Turkey
Social media.Love it or hate it, it’s here to stay.You can’t escape it.Every programme on TV helpfully puts its #suggestedhastag at the bottom of the screen and even David Dimbleby is reminded to mention it during Question Time each week – though I often feel he isn’t quite sure what Twitter is…
Every Lent I like to give myself a challenge and this year I decided to quit social media.I’m not a big Facebook-er unless shamelessly self-promoting whatever I happen to be doing in my career but I was feeling that Instagram was beginning to take over my life.I’d love to know the hours I’ve spent scrolling, staring vacuously at my phone screen, it would be days’ worth of time.And this is disturbing.It is a literal waste of time.Instagram does have its uses – there are some lovely communities on there and who doesn’t love to see a photo of a kitten?However, it is also known as a hotbed for battering confidence and depleting self-worth.It’s easy to forget when looking on Instagr…

La La loved it?

I spend a lot of January and February each year running around to various cinemas, watching all of the films nominated for the best picture award at the BAFTAs and Oscars – it’s a fun challenge which takes me to locations all over London and to see films which I may not otherwise have watched.
La La Land was arguably this year’s runaway success even though it didn’t (or did briefly) win the Academy Award for Best Picture.  However, talking to lots of people about it, I have noticed that it wasn’t the triumph with audiences that the press would have us believe.  Broadly my friends fell into two camps:  my actor and big theatre going friends tended to love it.  Everyone else was a bit more “meh”.
I think the reason for its success at the awards is twofold.  Firstly, Hollywood loves a bit of navel gazing.    There were so many times during La La Land that I was wryly laughing to myself but no one else around me was.  I could really empathise with Emma Stone’s character – I’ve been in thos…

#28PlaysLater

February. The shortest month of the year.  It felt like the longest at some points.
I have just completed the “28 Plays in 28 days” challenge set up by The Space Theatre - yes that’s correct, I wrote 28 plays in 28 days.  I made the decision to enter very last minute – I saw it advertised on Twitter, had a quick look, fired off an email and half an hour later had committed to the challenge.  I think if I’d thought about it, I probably wouldn’t have done it, but I am so glad that I did.
 At 10pm each evening an email from “Sebastian” appeared in my inbox with that day’s task, which had to be completed and emailed by 10am 36hours later.  The tasks ranged from writing a murder mystery, to being inspired by a song, a play with no plot, a play with no actors, personal pieces, biographical stories of fictional people, finishing a play you never finished and so on.  Each task was different and challenging.
What I found fun was that there wasn’t a lot of time to think.  I mainly had to just star…

Things they don't teach in drama school...

Things they don't teach in drama school...
Drama school is just like the film FAME: acting, singing and dancing every day, emotional, full of laughter, sweat and tears, maybe slightly less use of legwarmers but essentially, it’s exactly the same.
However, when you leave the cosy cocoon and enter the big scary world of being “an actor”, there are a few things that you realise the Professional Studies class should have covered…
Small children will heckle you A lot of drama graduates will do at least one TIE (Theatre in Education) or panto tour at some point in their career.  The pay and comfort of these tours varies wildly from (a) three people in a Nissan Micra with their entire set & costumes and a box of maps, to (b) being driven around by a stage manager in a cosy, fitted out van.  By and large, these jobs involve getting up VERY EARLY in the morning, driving to a school or care home, being offered a cup of tea, negotiating swing doors and stair cases while carrying your set and…