Up There in the Spotlight


2015-11-28 16.09.16We are dedicated Burdall’s Yard attendees.  A couple of nights ago we were at the first round of the “Monologues” knockout competition for third year acting Students at Bath Spa University.  The idea is for each competitor to perform a soliloquy (guys, it’s not a monologue if it is a speech by a character in a play IMHO) of their own choosing and for the audience to then vote for whoever they considered to be the best.  There were two rounds of four and five actors from which a top three were selected for a final choice of the winner for the round.  I am not sure how many rounds there will be in total but the final is to be in May some time which means unfortunately we will already be somewhere in Mittel-Europe heading for the land down under.

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Musee d’Orsay from St-Germain des Pres


2015-11-10 17.03.40As you know from my earlier post we were not going to do the obvious Paris sights.  We scarcely saw the Eiffel Tower except from somewhere else more interesting such Montmartre.  We walked around outside the Louvre but never once considered entering it.  We did visit the Pompidou Centre, as you will know from my earlier post and there will be a little something on the Arc de Triomphe.  The Musée d’Orsay, however, we decided should be our one other major gallery visit and it did not disappoint.  Before reaching it though we walked some of the streets of St-Germain des Pres and discovered the variety of historic old shops and contemporary fashion  and interior design boutiques. Continue reading

Cabaret Night at Burdall’s Yard


images5HUM468QI have posted before on events at Burdall’s Yard, one of the performance venues for the Performing Arts students at Bath Spa University.  In the run up to Christmas I have booked tickets for a number of new events and we attended the first of these last night. Billed as an “evening of music and entertainment” it included stand-up comedians, singer-songwriters, a poet and an “emerging burlesque talent“.  All the performers were students except for top of the bill, Gavin Osborn, who I had never heard of, which means nothing of course, but you can read about him here and here.

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