Grantham Flood Support

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Grantham Flood Support (Qld)

I have received so many kind enquiries about my well-being after the recent floods here in Queensland. Fortunately, I was quite a distance from the worst affected areas, and only mildly inconvenienced by all the rain and a few roads being closed.

We have all been helping out in any way we can, and because I am unable to contribute hard physical labour for the actual clean up, I am doing whatever I can to raise funds to help people get back on their feet again.

Grantham is a small town in the Lockyer Valley, just west of Brisbane, which was particularly hard hit, with a huge flash flood that swept away everything in its path with no warning at all. Those who survived are rallying to help each other, and have set up an appeal for donations and a raffle. I have contributed two sets of my handmade jewellery to the raffle.

"Grantham Blue" charm bracelet and 2 pairs of earringsGrantham Gold: charm bracelet and matching earrings
"Grantham Blue": handmade sterling silver charm bracelet, with blue, red and green glass beads, and wire-wrapped sterling silver charms. Two pairs of matching earrings. RRP $70
"Grantham Gold": charm bracelet with red and black Swarovski crystal beads. The chain is made by linking tiny gold plated lobster clasps together. Matching earrings. RRP AU$85

I know there have been many calls upon your generousity. If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please visit the website http://www.granthamfloodsupport.com.au/ where you will find all the details. It would be wonderful if you would forward this on to your own networks of friends and colleagues around the world.

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, and here is wishing us all a safe, and healthy life in the foreseeable future.

with love, and best wishes
Flloyd (Kennedy)
www.handmadebyflloyd.com

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Do Mime Artists have voices?

Boy – do they ever!

I’ve just had a wonderful time creating a voice warmup program especially for a mime class – Ira Seidenstein’s Quantum Mime Intensive class – and of course Mime does not have to be silent.

The course was interrupted by the Brisbane flood, but Ira found a new venue and the work continues.

In the meantime, I have decided, reluctantly and sadly, to cancel this year’s Acting Class. I am heading overseas in March to visit my family, and also to perform in my show The Fall of June Bloom (more details at www.blog.thundersmouththeatre.com)

I’ve been pretty busy the past few days baking scones and cupcakes for the clean-up workers, and making jewellery to sell to raise funds for the Flood Relief Appeal. If you want to purchase some, in aid of a good cause, check out the website here.

I’ll be back soon with more information about that vocal warmup for mimes.

Being in Voice: The Acting Class is Back!

OK! Now that the excitement of mounting a full scale production for Thunder’s Mouth Theatre is all over, everybody has been paid their share of the profits – and there was a profit, thanks to our steaming fund-raising campaign and my finely-tuned budgeting, the time has come to prepare for the new year, and the good news is: The Being in Voice Acting Class is Back.

Bookings are now open, and I suggest you don’t mess about because I have decided that I will only work with six (6) people at a time. So, the first season is 6 classes, 3 hours each, for six participants. This means we can train as an ensemble, create scenes as well as work on monologues, and also get individual attention.  It will be challenging for all concerned, myself included, and I CAN”T WAIT!

Did I say I’m excited?  Or did you guess…

Who wants to come and play with me?  Full details at the Being in Voice website.  Pass on the good news.

Thunder's Mouth Theatre offers Internship

We’ve resisted the urge so far, preferring to work as a team with everyone contributing each according to his or her abilities, but it seems that the Internship concept is powerful indeed. So if any aspiring theatre-makers out there would like to join our team, even at this late stage, we’d love to have you on board, on the same terms as everybody else – i.e. it’s an independent profit share theatre company operating under MEAA Co-operative contracts.

Click here for the application form. Download, fill it in and email it to me ASAP.

Refreshed, regenerated and revived

Just back from a three week trip to Dunedin, NZ, where I got to teach the University of Otago Voice and Movement paper (class), and the Shakespeare Performance paper, run an Archetypes Workshop, and direct one of the three 40 minute productions for the SGCNZ NSSP week. That’s Shakespeare Globe Centre, New Zealand National Shakespeare Schools Production week. What. A. Blast!

Here is my team, The Winter’s Tale company, but where is Mote? (He was busy packing to go home when we took the photo). So, here are some snapshots of the Snapshots exercise the groups undertook as one of the other director’s (Damian Bertanees) workshops, presenting images from the story – including Mote. But where were the others? Never mind, they are all there one way or another!

feedback session sans Mote

There is no truth in the Oracle!

Exit, pursued by a bear

I haven’t had such a good time in a workshop situation for a very long time, and I DO enjoy workshops. This one, however, had that special quality that only comes along once in a blue moon, where the passion and commitment is at such a high level that the work seems to transcend the individual talents, or energies of those involved.  I hope to get a copy of the dvd of the final performances at some stage.

Now I’m back in Brisbane, working with my lovely private students, some heading for NIDA and WAAPA auditions, some working their way back into commercial voice-over work, all exploring new ways of expressing themselves that take them out of their comfort zone into a wider, broader, deeper understanding of who they are, and why they have a passion to share their understanding of the world with others. What a journey!

I also had the honour of providing a voice-over for Dr Glam’s latest epic collaboration with The Magnolia Corporation, “Interstellar Overdrive”. Check it out here.

recording voice-over for Sparkles

I’m now about to begin rehearsals for my play “The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will)”, to be presented by Thunder’s Mouth Theatre in November. More details here!