Friday, 13 May 2016

Epic Journeys, Concerts & Cake!

Hey all! I'm currently blogging from a Starbucks in familiar ol' Penang, having hopped on a bus this morning and arrived four hours later (pretty quick, even though the bus driver didn't seem to be going particularly fast, heh!). We're t-minus eight days and counting till I relocate to Perth for my Phd, and I gotta say, I'm still very nervous and excited about it! So the Penang trip is pretty much a "say bye-for-now to relatives" kinda visit, with dinner planned tomorrow night with uncle, aunty and grandma. I'm hoping to catch up with some friends tonight, too, so fingers crossed.

Of more excitement was the concert that we performed last week, on Thursday, Friday and Sunday (May 5 to 8), which was The Epic Journey: The Nick Choo Concert, a "bon voyage" event to celebrate some of my works as well as to raise some funds to help me get re-settled Down Under. Unfortunately the end result of the fundraising wasn't terribly impressive mostly because things were done too last-minute and publicity was limited, which led to a turnout that wasn't terribly impressive.
Oh well!

At least we got a series of shows out of it, although they weren't without issues... nerves, tech issues, under-preparedness, a cocktail of messiness that got me pretty stressed on the first night. Thankfully, things got better after that, though there was some drama behind-the-scenes involving a purportedly disgruntled sound guy (though the less I say about that, the better, only because it's not worth my energy recapping it); as well as a moment where I had to storm out of the audience area into the adjacent waiting room to tell a bunch of people to shut up when a live performance is happening. Oy vey!!

But on a happier note, those who came to watch the show said they enjoyed it regardless, and all in all, it was pretty fun, and I'm grateful to all those who were willing to invest time, energy and talent into making it happen. That includes the three emcees who were surprise guests for each show, i.e. I didn't know who they would be. They turned out to be Freddy, Safia, and... Terry?! Oy vey!! That was the biggest surprise/shock of the first show: that Terry emceed, and, in true Terry/best friend fashion, it turned into a roast where he made fun of me more than he complimented me, arf arf! Ah well, I guess it's the thought that counts! *grin* But anyway, thank you, boys and girls!! Let's commemorate these awesome peeps with some pics and videos, shall we? Yes, I think we shall...!


Real-life hubby and wife Aaron and Adeline in 'Dreaming Outside The Box'
With Terry, Alisa and Alisa's fiance
Terry emceeing on the first night
Pic courtesy of Centrestage.my, which did a write-up on me as well as a review! Links below.
Check out this extended feature on yours truly; the longest article thus far on me, my works and my process. And check out their review of the concert, based on the shaky first night (it really did get a lot smoother and tighter after that! Hehe. That sounded vaguely dirty.)

Speaking of the media, the NST did this nice summation/promo article.
Me and Vale, one of my most loyal supporters. Aw!
So at one point, Dominic declared that if we got 80 people or more a night,
I would have to get prettied up and wear a wig & a dress and sing a girl's song.
Long story short, 'Nicole' never made an appearance, which, you know, is kinda a bummer.
The programme. Pic courtesy of an audience member.
Sitzprobe on the Monday prior to our Thursday opening night.
So much talent on one little stage!
 
After the show on Sunday, a bunch of us headed to Monday Show's HQ in SS15 and had a little cast party with drinks, food and cake... especially the cake. Lots of cake.


Thank you so much, dear Coleen, for the awesome (huge) cake!
Party people after the last show!
Oh, Alisa, Terry and I also went out for a joint "bye-bye-for-now" and "Terry's birthday" lunch the day after the opening show (Friday):

Stuffing our faces.
More cake!
The rest of the week has been spent with me continuing work on Alice as well as 2084, which will see its premiere in Perth this August (eek!). Then there have been further health woes with my brother, including gearing up to fight his beeyotch of a supervisor who has reportedly been trying to coerce him to resign due to his troubled health. We won't stand for that, beetch!! I swear, if ever I hear her telling my brother that "you should resign" because "I only want healthy people working here", I will cause an effin' scene. Take my word... I'm a performing artiste. We know how to make scenes. GRR.

And on that jolly note, I'm heading off now... till my next update, as we inch ever closer to the Big Move!

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