by Sarah Deller

wowza, what a week!

Today are the performances of Modern Jo. Last night was our dress rehearsal. Laura and I perform in a hockey arena, and it was really interesting to do the show with so many people around. My adrenaline was pumping like mad. I was so nervous to do it last night, but as soon as it got going it felt amazing. I'm looking forward to performing it four times today. If the Halifax forum is anything like the Glencoe hockey arena, today - a Sunday - is sure to be packed...

And ARDEN opens this week! It's been a blast and it will be great to share the show with an audience. It's also been funny being back in the Keith's Brewery, my old stomping grounds. The show is an awesome mix of thriller and comedy... and what a cast, my god. 

And I have a seminar on Friday! hahaha English what? Trying to be a student and a theatre practitioner has been an exciting and sometimes overwhelming ride. Next term will only be busier. Let's try to make it through this week first, shall we? 

where did January go???? by Sarah Deller

I remember thinking I'd be spending a lot of my time at the beginning of this term doing school work. Hahahahahaha. I don't know where the time has gone but somehow I am behind in school and I still have a lot of obligations to fulfill. 

Last week I did a sweet workshop with Ann-Marie Kerr. It was phenomenal. Some parts of it reminded me a lot of neutral mask: I felt open and responsive; it was so simple and so true. And then a lot of it was very challenging. I love entering a sort of raw, primal space in myself. Some of the workshop allowed me to access that space in myself easily, but there were still parts of the day that were terrifying - falling forwards, for instance. As determined as I was to do it,  something in my head kept getting in the way.  And equally as important as trying things myself was watching my peers explore. It was moving to watch such dear friends of mine tackle challenges and face fears and so on. The collective support in the room was incredible. I'll never forget climbing on my friend Nick to touch the ceiling. After a few attempts, I looked down and suddenly I was being physically supported by every person in the workshop. And then I touched the ceiling. Haha. 

And we're still doing puppetry! And I still love it so much! I wish I could explain it! I think it touches on that same sort of "primal" thing I mentioned earlier; I enter this sort of driven, focussed space.  But with this added layer of intellect... I just really, really like working on one thing in such a focussed and dedicated way. 

My main priority lately has been writing, though. I've been working on fiction every day. It's so wonderful. I love it in part because I can do it on my own, and really accomplish something in a short amount of time. Even if it's two shitty poems, I can complete them in one night without relying on anyone else. Really nice feeling. 

It's been hard for me to concentrate on school because at the moment I'm so much more interested in personal projects. As Laura and I were saying yesterday, in an ideal world school would cater to those projects, but sadly it doesn't a lot of the time. It's so hard to force myself to do readings and research for school when there are readings and research I'd rather be doing on my own...