Saturday, 7 June 2014

Perth 2014: Show Week, Catch-Ups, New Abodes and Conchoota!

Hey everyone! Wow, it's approaching the end of my Perth visit – how time flies! Sorry I haven't been updating too much lately, but it's been pretty full on, with two performances a day since Tuesday, on top of continued work for projects in KL as well as plans for upcoming projects for the end of the year (more on this as it develops)!

The shows have been absolutely exhausting, but they've also been a tremendous amount of fun... though with more than a little bit of drama involved (in the theatre! Who would've thought!). These include numerous injury-related incidents involving a dude who got burnt by dry ice, a girl who sprained her wrist after tripping down the stairs during one of the scenes, and most recently a fellow female castmate who suffered a mini-stroke onstage, eeek! Luckily the poor dears are all okay (not forgetting the other cast member last week who suffered an anxiety attack, oy). We've got a couple more performances tomorrow (i.e. later today), and these will be for the paying public, which means kids and grown-ups, which should be fun! And then there'll be the cast party, though most likely I won't be going for that, choosing instead to have a quiet and civilised evening at 'home'.

Speaking of home, I'm now staying at my lovely mates' Sarah and Laughton's house, having decided rather early on to try something different this year and stay at other people's homes in addition to the usual Plottkes'. It's been pretty cool; they're both awesome peeps, and Sarah's family (with whom they live) are nice folks as well. It's been nice getting to know more people in Perth and solidifying friendships, which is something I've managed to do here. And along the way I've managed to spend more time with the older besties... in fact, we just hung out earlier this evening – Carol, Scott, Bernie, Judi and little ol' me! We had dinner at Il Ciao in Applecross, which happens to be the same place Judi and I had dinner at yesterday, hee hee!! Then it was dessert at Gelare, followed by coffee at Carol's lovely home, where this happened:

Introducing: CONCHOOTA!
Don't ask... sometimes it's just better not to know. :P

On Tuesday, one of our school performances included an on-site performance at Mandurah Catholic College, which was pretty fun if a tad complicated because it was only our second show and already we had to bring it outside of the theatre and into a non-familiar, limited-equipped space. But despite some minor hiccups I think we managed to pull it off quite nicely, and that's a testament to the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by (most, but not necessarily all, of) the students in the course. And the children in the audience did seem to enjoy themselves, so yay!!!

That night, I was picked up by my dear friends Andrew and Tiffany, and I visited their home (round the corner from Sarah and Laught's in Canning Vale) and joined them for dinner (cheesy steaks and mash cooked by Tiffany's son Tom) and waaay too much wine!! Here are a couple of pics from that blurry, blurry night:

From left: Andrew, Adam (whom I'd been chatting with on FB for about three years
but only met in person on Tuesday!); and Tiff's kids Tom and Bella
Tiffany and a furry friend!
Yesterday I also spent some time after the shows at uni recording a demo for one of the year-end projects, a musical that is slated for performance in late November here in Perth. That was fun, albeit a touch exhausting after the two shows and the lack of time we had to properly rehearse it and put it all together. I won't share any of the music just yet (plus, I promised the writer-director I wouldn't), but stay tuned for more updates as and when this develops!

Anyway I leave you now with more photos from the past few days, and I'll be putting up more pics and stuff from Captain Quokka 2014 shortly. I'm off to bed now as it's been 4.5-hour sleeps for the past few nights, and it would be nice to get a bit more shut-eye tonight, arf arf. Till next time!!

Yeaaa! Shake that booty, Jenny!
Feeling crabby! (I'm a prawn, actually. Heh!)
Dinner and dessert with Judi on Thursday night.
Me and Joo Joo! Aww!
All the pretty ladies!
Why you eating Bernie's head, Joodi?!?!

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