Seeing as this week was very busy as I had an assessment on Wednesday I thought it would be a good idea to tell you all about it in my blog this week.
It was a particularly special day last Monday as it was my 21st birthday (I feel old!) my housemates had woken me up with their homemade chocolate cake and presents! However my assessment which was my individual performance was in two days so I had to drag myself from all the lovely treats and go to uni to rehearse for my performance. To rehearse you have to book studios beforehand which I had done so but they are mighty hard to get hold of because everyone wants to rehearse at the same time! It’s very strange having to rehearse on your own because there’s no one there to motivate you or tell you when something just looks plain stupid, so this assessment was particularly challenging. I filmed my performance and played it back to see what it looked like, and was quite happy. In the evening I went home and chilled with the housemates because I was so tired and was nice to not get drunk (for a change) on my birthday!!
The day before my individual performance and the nerves were starting to kick in! I’d asked one of my course mates to attend my rehearsal because he was doing my tech-ing. It was also handy for him to come in so that I could run through the performance with someone watching me for the first time. I also timed the performance and realised that my piece was way too long, it was 30 mins long instead of 20. So I took a while cutting things down so unfortunately we only had around 10 minutes to do the lighting and sort out the sound for my performance because someone else had booked the studio straight after me. Quite a stressful day but got a lot done. Again, I went home and chilled out after the exhausting day and tried to have an early night but because of the nerves and my head racing through my things to do tomorrow list I didn’t get to sleep until around 3am :/
Judgement day had finally arrived. I had a lecture at 9am that day, so I had to get up extra early to make sure that I had packed everything for my performance. The lecture was on rituals and how we can call them a performance such as weddings and rugby games. It was a very interesting lecture and I know I should’ve listened more because now we have a 2,500 essay on it but my mind was thinking of one thing; my performance. But at least my course mate lightened our moods when the lecturer asked what ‘ethnography’ was, she replied ‘an ethnic photographer?’! Obviously her mind wasn’t at all on the lecture either! After the lecture we had a 2 hour gap before our assessments so I went to prepare for my performance as I was first on. The 2 hours went surprisingly quick and before I know it the lights were dimmed and it was time for my performance to begin. I was happy with the way it went and even managed to cry and make some of the audience members cry as well during the performance. I got so into my character and slightly over-whelmed by it all that my emotions took over. The lecturers asked a few questions after but they didn’t give anything away so god knows what my mark will be! Afterwards even though feeling exhausted after performing, everyone came round to my house to go out to celebrate my birthday and the fact that the assessment was over and got a little bit tipsy…
I was feeling a little bit worse for ware and didn’t have a lecture until late afternoon so I took full advantage of my free morning and had a lie-in for the first time in a week and a half! Way too long for a student! I went to my lecture still not feeling great but soon had to wake up as the lecturer asked us to start thinking about our ideas for our essays which is about studying a practitioner that performs through their voice or body. Also we’re performing a devised piece in St Fagan’s National Museum of Welsh History in February so she wanted to know our ideas as we are pitching our idea to the museum in two weeks. So there was definitely no time to sleep in the lecture unfortunately and went out of there with the sinking feeling of not having a very work-free Christmas holidays.
I had an essay plan to give in about rituals that I had just remembered about that morning, and I was in work at 2, so seeing that I hadn’t really listened that much in the lecture on Wednesday you can imagine my reaction when I remembered! I frantically read through the readings for inspiration that were on Blackboard which is basically a site that every university has that lecturers put power points and readings from their lecture up there so that you can refer back to them. They also put announcements up about all kinds of things; my favourite announcement is that my 9am lecture has been cancelled J I finally got a plan together in time before heading to work. I’ll be getting a tutorial with my lecturer next week so I’ll see then if it made any sense!
So there we go, that was my manic week. It isn’t always that manic especially when you’re in your first year but as you come into your third year it will become increasingly busier as you will be performing in so many different performances for so many different modules! Drama students don’t just run around in joggers all day, that’s what’s really good about this course; you have a nice mixture of practical and theory work. And we certainly work hard and have a mountain of work in the third year just like any other course, even though I’d say this course has a little more fun! So go ahead and choose drama for a lot of fun, giggles and life-long friends.
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Speak soon, Sian x